Good Monday morning, Evanston.

The full moon shone brightly over the weekend. RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan captured four Evanston-raised college students under the stars at Lee Street Beach. These days, the college freshmen don’t see each other much, but they all happened to be back home for the weekend: Colin Foley, in from the University of Wisconsin; Ryan O’Hara, also from Wisconsin; Zach Asaro, from Indiana University; and Jake Joseph, from the University of Illinois.

The full moon continues through tonight. But now, as the sun rises in the sky, here’s more Evanston news:

The 2022 general election is approaching, and voters face a dizzying array of choices. Evanston voters face decisions on 64 candidates running for 36 open positions, 60 judges running for retention and three referendums from three different levels of government. To help Evanstonians cast informed votes, the RoundTable presents a full run-down of the Nov. 8 ballot, with links to campaign websites and further information.

In case you missed it: The RoundTable also has posted a voter information guide on how to register to vote, how to vote by mail, the locations of Evanston polling places and more details on the mechanics of voting. The deadline for in-person or mail-in voter registration is Tuesday, Oct. 11, and the last date for online voter registration is Sunday, Oct. 23. Illinois also has specific “grace period” rules for registering after those dates.

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The City of Evanston and Evanston Cradle to Career are hosting data walks to show the health toll of segregation in Evanston. The 2022 Evanston Project for the Local Assessment of Needs found that many of the racial inequities in Evanston’s health outcomes are linked to structural racism and that the city’s legacy of redlining created inequalities that still dramatically impact the Fifth Ward today.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 21 new cases and zero new deaths were reported Thursday, Oct. 6, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 18.71 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Credit: Heidi Randhava

Halloween: Evanston goes all out for spooky season, from A (Almond Joy) to Z (zombies, of course). The National Retail Federation estimates U.S. Halloween spending will reach a record $10.6 billion. Evanston is embracing spooky season with the wildly popular Zombie Scramble Oct. 22, a free Halloween pop-up costume shop Oct. 16 at Fleetwood-Jourdain, Trunk-or-Treat for young kids Oct. 21 in the Chandler-Newberger parking lot and an Oct. 22 celebration on Central Street.

Oliver Ruff: High expectations, no exceptions, no excuses. This episode of the Evanston Rules podcast features Oliver Ruff, who brings to mind three words: consistency, present and commitment. Ruff grew up in Evanston, taught school and became an administrator in District 65. He has been a founding member of numerous foundations as well as the eponymous Oliver A. Ruff Education and Mentoring Scholarship.

Gabby needs help. You can say that again! Sometimes even an advice columnists needs a little advice. Gabby has a mystery that needs solving, and she’s turning to you, her readers, for ideas and suggestions to solve her dilemma.

Letter to the editor: Why is the Chicago Botanic Garden increasing prices, now? “Unfortunately, we’ve all been burdened by the inflation-fueling increases from corporate America for everything from gas to food to housing. I did not expect the Garden, a traditionally family-friendly organization, to also be adding to the inflation burden with such a hefty percentage increase,” writes Katherine Kennedy.

Picturing Evanston. New and old Evanston structures. In the foreground is Northwestern’s 2018 Ryan Fieldhouse. The 1873 Grosse Point Lighthouse in the background. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)


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Around the web

Experts say Trump, election deniers eroding trust in democracy. Can it be restored? An ABC News\Washington Post poll conducted in January found only 20% of those surveyed say they’re confident about the election system. Even fewer Republicans, just 13%, said they were very confident in the process.

Marathon runners celebrate identity — and going the distance: ‘If you finish, you’re doing something special.’ With a new nonbinary division and a strong draw of international and local participants, the Chicago Marathon united a diverse group through athletic accomplishment on Sunday.

Pakistani Students Association raises money and builds awareness in response to deadly floods in Pakistan. Northwstern’s Pakistani Students Association is raising funds to aid regions of Pakistan most impacted by its recent flooding.


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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the Evanston RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative...