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Council member Bobby Burns at Oct. 4 meeting. (RoundTable photo)

Good morning, Evanston.

With the Illinois moratorium on evictions ended on Oct. 3, an Evanston City Council member is calling on the City to receive early notice of potential evictions of Evanston residents and pass that information along to renters that they might have to vacate their buildings.

Fifth Ward Council member Bobby Burns’s comments came during a discussion about gentrification and displacement. He and Mayor Daniel Biss had referred to the City Council’s Human Services Committee a proposal to create a subcommittee to address those larger issues. 

At the Oct. 4 Human Services Committee meeting, Burns said he could see Human Services Committee members working with the yet-to-be-formed subcommittee “to determine how we can prepare for the amount of evictions I think we may be looking at in the next few weeks.” 

Updated COVID-19 data on Oct. 7, shows six new COVID cases in Evanston today, compared to 11 yesterday, and 20 on Tuesday.

The numbers are higher than one week ago. There has been a total of 84 new COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents in the last seven days, compared to 71 in the prior seven days. In the last week, 16,500 COVID-19 tests were administered. The City said there was an increase in tests reported this week due to Northwestern University’s testing and to delays in lab reporting. 

The seven-day test positivity rate today is 0.5%, compared to 1.2% one week ago.

The Evanston Public Library issued an apology to the Evanston community for the use of racist imagery in a display designed to promote an upcoming program, “Police Reform: Progress and Pitfalls, A Mini-Course Offered by the NU Emeriti Organization and EPL” on Nov. 2.

“We acknowledge the harm this image has caused in our community, particularly for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or POC. The library is committed to identifying, understanding, and rectifying our injustices past and current, as well as developing anti-racist policies and procedures that promote equity,” the apology read.

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Olivia Ohlson-Ellis buying products for the personal hygiene kits she gives away. (Photo provided)

Lemonade, cookies, caring, determination: Teen raises thousands for charity. Olivia Ohlson-Ellis isn’t quite the typical 14-year-old. She just finished the season playing golf at Evanston Township High School, she writes for the student newspaper and she’s in the Black Student Union and a lot of clubs – but she’s also raised about $20,000 for charitable causes, and she’s being featured in a book and had a song written about her.

Weekend events

Up next on the big screen: Head to Twiggs Park on Sat., Oct. 9 to enjoy the feature film “Queen of Katwe” as a part of the Starlight Movies in the Park series. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Don’t forget your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.

Fall Fest & Pumpkin Carving Contest: Join the Main-Dempster Mile for a fun, fall event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 9 at the entrance of The Mexican Shop, 801 Dempster St. Enjoy a “Fairies & Scaries” Storytime, pumpkin carving contest, concert by the Rolling Clones, food and more.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Sponsored by the City and Northwestern University, enjoy a Hispanic Heritage Month Community Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 9 at the Evanston Ecology Center. There will be food, music, and arts and crafts by Las Cartas De Frida.

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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...