Good morning, Evanston.
Despite a name that speaks of unity, the recently formed Evanston Together LLC Political Action Committee is exposing some political fault lines in the community. In today’s headline story, the RoundTable investigates who is behind this new PAC.
Formed earlier this month, Evanston Together LLC created a video attacking one aldermanic candidate and sent out mailers endorsing other candidates – some of whom told the RoundTable they did not seek the endorsement. The PAC has also asserted that certain candidates would abolish Evanston’s current form of government. Mayor-Elect Daniel Biss told the RoundTable, “I think it’s a real shame. I think the campaign [by Evanston Together] itself is misleading at best.”
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Spring is here! This week is spring break for District 65 and ETHS, and Northwestern students return for spring quarter classes starting tomorrow. With the forecast calling for mostly sunny skies for the entire week, spring’s early cheerleaders, including snowdrops, crocuses, dwarf irises, and daffodils, should be springing forth in full force.
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COVID-19 by the numbers: We are checking in with many sources to keep you updated on COVID-19 cases and vaccine information.
- After bottoming in early March, the number of COVID-19 cases is rising in Evanston, suburban Cook County, and the State.
- The number of COVID-19 cases in Evanston doubled to 63 last week from 31 the week ending March 21.
- There were no fatalities reported last week. Evanston has lost 114 residents to the pandemic.
- Our City’s seven-day positive test rate is 1.5%; the test positive rate in suburban Cook County is 4.0% and in Illinois it’s 3.2%, up from 2.5% the previous week.
- The number of cases per 100,000 population over the last seven days doubled to 85 in Evanston, and rose to 98 in suburban Cook County and 125 in Illinois.
- Illinois received 936,000 doses and used 875,900 doses of the vaccine in the past seven days. Illinois has used 83% of the 6.7 million doses received to-date.
- As of Sunday, 2.1 million or 16.2% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated, including 308,400 in the last week.
Variants: The Illinois Department of Public Health now reports 250 cases of more infectious COVID-19 variants including 19 cases of variant P.1, first identified in Brazil.
Evanston Vax Facts: Evanston received 1,256 doses of the vaccine last week. The City has “substantially vaccinated” individuals 65 and older and is now vaccinating Phase 1B and 1B+ individuals.
The City reports, as of March 19, one-third or 20,901 of Evanston residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine and a fifth or 12,372 of residents 16 and older are fully vaccinated. The proportion of Evanston seniors vaccinated is higher: 88% of residents 65 and older have received at least one dose and 56% are fully vaccinated.
Elsewhere on the RoundTable website
How Much of School District 65’s Business Is Being Conducted by School Board Members in Private Meetings with Administrators? Two of the most important issues facing School District 65 in the past year are reopening the schools for in-person learning and addressing the District’s projected deficits.
Looking at the Week Ahead
Spring Break for District 65 and District 202. Classes resume April 5.
Nature Scavenger Hunt… in a Craft! Part of the Climate Resilient Communities Series starting this week, children of all ages can pick up sheets at Robert Crown Branch Library to make hunt-tellers and use this fun craft to explore Nature.
Levy Lecture Series: Join John Anderson, Emmy-winning director, producer, and editor, for The Cutting Room Floor, Adventures in Filming My Rock and Roll Heroes, 1 to 2 p.m. Zoom
Virtual Trans Day of Visibility, 6 to 8 p.m. Register to Join this Trans Day of Visibility event centering Evansonian Trans/GNC people of color, hosted by Evanston Main Library.
Rain Gardens Made Easy – Part of the Climate Resilient Communities Series, 5 to 6 p.m. Zoom event hosted by Robert Crown Branch Library. Learn how to make your own rain garden.
Seventh Ward Special Meeting VIRTUAL, 7 to 8 p.m.
Thursday (April Fool’s Day)
Third Ward Virtual Office Hours, 7:30 – 10 a.m.
Earth Month Kick-Off Webinar, noon to 1 p.m. Learn about City-sponsored events and updates from the Office of Sustainability and Citizens Greener Evanston.
Housing & Homelessness Commission, 7 p.m.
Northwestern’s inaugural festival of student-written musicals premieres CHANGE MY MIND at 8 p.m. on American Music Theatre Project’s YouTube channel.
Spring Bulk Trash Pickups Begin April 2
Northwestern University’s Institute for Global Health Seminar Series on Zoom — COVID-19: Critical Lessons Learned from a Global Pandemic, noon to 1 p.m. Open to the public. Registration required.
Northwestern’s inaugural musical festival of student-written musicals premiers ALONE: A NEW MUSICAL at 8 p.m. on American Music Theatre Project’s YouTube channel.
Northwestern’s inaugural musical festival of student-written musicals premieres A BRIDGE TO THE MOON at 8 p.m. on American Music Theatre Project’s YouTube channel.
Around the web
- Democracy Now! covered Evanston reparations in a segment featuring Fifth Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons and Dino Robinson, executive director of the Shorefront Legacy Center.
- ETHS Junior Sophie Yang, explores hate crimes against Asians and Asian-Americans: The past, present and future in ETHS’s newspaper, The Evanstonian.
- Illinois Farmers Have Reason For Optimism Heading Into 2021 Planting Season
- The Onion identifies the richest person in each state and explains how they made their fortune.
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