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Algae bloom
An algae bloom in Superior, Wis., last month. (Photo by Hannah Ramage/Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve)

Good Friday morning, Evanston.

From extreme storms and flooding to eroding shoreline along the coast, residents across the Great Lakes region are feeling the brutal and dangerous effects of climate change. Based on the amount of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere, the next 30 years of worsening climate change are irreversible, according to a UN report.

But, like most situations, not all regions around the world are created equal in terms of their risk level and potential exposure to the devastating effects of climate change. Where does the Chicago region stand in this delicate situation? And how can residents stay prepared for a possible once-in-a-lifetime climate emergency? 

According to our latest COVID-19 update, the weekly number of new cases per 100,000 people in Evanston rose from 77 to 103 in the week ending Oct. 21, a 34% increase from the prior week. New cases in Evanston are outpacing those in Chicago and the rest of suburban Cook County.

On Oct. 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorizations to administer booster shots for certain groups of people who had completed the primary series of doses for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA previously authorized boosters of the Pfizer vaccine.

The authorization also allows people to get a booster vaccine that is different from their initial vaccines. 

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Across from La Principal, on Custer Avenue near the Main Street Metra stop. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

The Guy Who Cares: Evanston’s own Banksy emerges again. He’s back. The Guy Who Cares, an unknown artist with distinct figure drawings on bricks, panels and CTA stops, first appeared in Evanston in 2010. Often a message was inscribed below the art with a simple phrase such as, “Stay as You Are.” But even as the city scrubbed his drawings off public spaces, more faces would pop up, and his identity remained a mystery. 

Around the web

  • CTA set to reduce fares in bid to boost ridership. As CTA ridership remains far below pre-pandemic levels, the city’s transit authority is reducing prices for most bus and train fares in hopes of increasing passenger numbers. All transfers will also be free under the change in policy.

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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...