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Daniel Ramos (left) and Michael Jasso. (City of Evanston photos)

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

The two final candidates for Evanston City Manager, pictured above, shared their experiences and answered a wide range of questions in separate interviews at a Jan. 9 virtual town hall meeting

Daniel Ramos currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff/Deputy City Manager for the City of Baltimore, while Chicago native Michael Jasso is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Sacramento.

On Thursday, Jan. 13, reparations will get a bit more real in Evanston as the first 16 recipients of $25,000 grants are selected. The City of Evanston’s Reparations Committee will determine the first beneficiaries of the Restorative Housing Program via lottery.  

COVID by the numbers: 88 cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day daily average is 115 cases.

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Valli Produce at 1919 Dempster St. in Evanston. (RoundTable file photo)

With health threat from omicron variant, Reid renews call for hazard pay for grocery store workers. As Evanston faces a surge of COVID-19 cases, City Council member Devon Reid called for his proposal for hazard pay for grocery store workers to be placed back on the table.

Northwestern University Professor Emeritus Irwin Weil. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Irwin Weil on the Russian classics, Putin and Shostakovich. Weil, still going strong at 93, has enjoyed an extraordinary career as an authority on Russian history and culture and a beloved teacher of Slavic language and literature for almost four decades at Northwestern University.

Ben Blount mural will be dedicated on MLK Day. Designed by local artist Ben Blount and inspired by the City of Evanston’s 2019 Resolution to End Structural Racism and Achieve Racial Equity, the new mural at 600 Washington St. will be dedicated at 1:30 pm on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Day.

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce will host its annual celebration on Jan. 20. The chamber’s ‘Annual Celebration, Come Together!’ dedicated to Evanston’s business community will be held virtually from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20.

At this time: 9:44 a.m. Tuesday. Jeff Harkensee of Colliers International, a Toronto-based commercial real estate brokerage, stands in front of the 1948 prefabricated steel structure at 1915 Greenleaf St. he hopes to lease or sell. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tests positive for COVID. Lightfoot, who is fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus, said she’s experiencing mild symptoms and will isolate at home according to CDC guidelines.

Chicago is witnessing a local news rebirth. Mark Jacob, a former Chicago Tribune editor and member of the RoundTable’s advisory committee, discusses the explosion of nonprofit news in the Chicago area.

Chicago’s ‘Race-Neutral’ Traffic Cameras Ticket Black And Latino Drivers the Most. A ProPublica investigation found that the city’s red-light cameras disproportionately ticket Black and Hispanic motorists, but city officials plan to continue using them.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a New Fad Diet, as helpfully offered up by the Onion.

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...