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Evanston firefighters responded to a carbon monoxide leak. (City of Evanston photo)

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

At 12:40 p.m. Sunday, Evanston firefighters went to the 1800 block of Church Street in response to a report of an unresponsive toddler at Mount Pisgah Ministry.

The Evanston Fire Department said first-arriving companies were there within minutes. Carbon monoxide levels of over 500 parts per million were detected at the church.

Eleven patients required medical attention and were treated on location, according to a Fire Department news release. Six patients were transported to local area hospitals with five patients refusing transport. All those transported were in stable condition, according to the release.


At This Time: 9:57 a.m., Saturday, December 18. Bryant Wallace meets Police Officer Michael Jones at Coffee with a Cop outside the Gibb-Morrison Cultural Center on Dodge near Church. The event is held “so the public can come out and ask us general questions, see us as humans,” said Jones.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Sara Shaaban paints one of her CBD bath bombs. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Witchy Woman World Apothecary seeks to cast a spell on Evanston. Sara Shaaban has been a “witchy woman,” with a love of dark and haunted things, for as long as she can remember. Shaaban just celebrated one year in her new workspace on Elmwood Avenue for Witchy Woman World Apothecary.

Meleika Gardner: ‘I am still hopeful that Evanston reparations will get better for my community.’ So, I watched the Evanston reparations town hall. Majority of the speakers on the stage all spoke on the terrorism done onto Black people through slavery and Jim Crow. Unfortunately, Black Evanston was told we can’t receive reparations from terrorism. 

Libby Hill: Bird-friendly Evanston – working to make a bird-safe city. Smack, splat, smack. The Geico advertisement that aired on TV in December 2021 (Angry Bird Problem? – GEICO Insurance) was supposedly funny. It featured “angry birds” smashing into home windows.

Gabby: Bah, Humbug! Thanksgiving is over and we’re in the long, slow slide toward Christmas. Carols are playing, decorations are sprouting up like chin hairs and well, ‘tis the season to be jolly. Unless of course, you’re Gabby.

Downtown Evanston offers dining options for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Skip the cooking and dine out on Christmas and New Year’s Eve or order a prepared meal to enjoy in your home.


Around the web

Northwestern reports 205 COVID-19 cases this week. Northwestern’s COVID-19 positivity rate more than doubled for the second week in a row as many undergraduates departed Evanston for Winter Break.

Biden administration promises stricter regulation of lead in drinking water. The administration says it aims to replace all of the lead pipes and service lines in the country, an effort that could cost up to $60 billion.

Opinion: We Desperately Need Schools to Get Back to Normal. The parents were talking about pandemic schooling, so, unsurprisingly, the conversation quickly turned to emotional devastation.


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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...