McGaw YMCA at 1000 Grove St. Credit: Evan Girard Credit: Evan Girard

Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

An Evanston City Council committee voted Tuesday to recommend using $3 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act money – Evanston’s largest allocation of those funds to date – to renovate the McGaw YMCA’s Men’s Residence in Evanston. 

The unanimous vote by the Housing and Community Development Committee now paves the way for a City Council vote on whether to fund the project with some of the city’s $43.1 million in federal COVID-19 recovery funds.

Previously, the council approved $2 million for Northlight Theatre’s return to Evanston and $1 million for The Aux, a Black business hub and wellness center. In addition, Family Focus is seeking $3 million for building improvements and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Evanston Development Cooperative and housing nonprofit Elevate are jointly requesting $1 million.

Ithaca, New York, plans to stop using natural gas for heating and cooking and go all-electric. Credit: PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay Credit: PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay

Evanston could follow the environmental lead of Ithaca, New York, a city that made headlines in November 2021 when it voted to electrify all of its 6,000 homes and buildings to help fulfill its ambitious climate goals

The city hosted a webinar May 18 to discuss steps Ithaca is taking and to consider whether Evanston should do the same.

Evanston must look at more drastic measures if it hopes to reach its goal of achieving 100% carbon neutrality by 2050, according to a recent presentation by Evanston’s Sustainability and Resilience Coordinator Cara Pratt.

Credit: Richard Cahan

At This Time: Wednesday at 2:41 p.m. Their last day at Evanston Township High School – picking up cap and gown. “It’s bittersweet,” said Eva Eiseman (left). “I’m happy with it,” said Celia Heck (second from left). “I’m just ready to close this chapter in my life and move on,” said Faith Ogunbola, (wearing the Illinois sweatshirt). “It hasn’t really kicked in yet,” said Axel Mueller (rear). “I definitely feel like I missed a huge chunk of high school because of COVID, but I’m happy in the way that it ended and we get to have a real graduation,” said Rose Lawless, right. The graduation ceremony is Sunday. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Teyana Taylor peforms at Dillo Day in 2019, the last year the festival was in person. Credit: Justin Barbin Photography/Mayfest Productions Credit: Justin Barbin Photography/Mayfest Productions

Ahead of Dillo Day, NU and city promote neighborliness. The annual Dillo Day music festival returns to Northwestern University this Saturday, prompting a virtual meeting with campus neighbors, city and NU officials to review health and safety issues. The festival is expected to draw 12,000 people. 

Evanston Division Fire Chief Kimberly Kull is in charge of emergency management, logistics and public information. Credit: Wendi Kromash Credit: Wendi Komash

Evanston’s highest-ranking female fire official: A preparedness expert. She may not know you personally, but Evanston Division Fire Chief Kimberly Kull says she thinks about your safety every day. It’s Kull’s job to help those who live and work in Evanston prepare for a variety of emergencies, both natural and otherwise. She also must ensure the department is ready to respond. 

Morton Civic Center. Credit: RoundTable file photo

City panel OKs new Beacon Academy arts space. The Evanston Design and Project Review committee unanimously approved leased space at 1026 Davis St. for Beacon Academy to use as extra classrooms and performance and exhibition venues.

Ambitious Wesley Court proposal seeks multiple variances from city. An Evanston developer presented plans May 17 to the Design and Project Review committee for 19 townhomes and a 12-unit apartment building at 2044 Wesley Ave., bringing housing to a long-unused parcel of land near downtown.

Diane Korling

Eye on Evanston: Thoughts on Design | An overdue salute to Diane Korling. In 1980, Korling was a founding member of Design Evanston. Now retired, she devoted her career to environmental concerns focusing on the location and design impacts of numerous projects throughout the U.S.

Credit: Paws and Claws Rescue Credit: Paws and Claws Rescue

Paws and Claws Rescue will celebrate second anniversary with a community brunch. Paws and Claws Rescue in Evanston will celebrate its two-year anniversary May 21 at the Firehouse Grill patio at 750 Chicago Ave. A $25 ticket goes to help the animals.

ETHS girls soccer: Wildkits boot Von Steuben 11-0, advance to regional finals. Nadia Van den Berg scored two goals and led the Wildkits to an 11-0 slaughter of Chicago Von Steuben in the Class 3A regional tournament semifinal at Lazier Field.

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Around the web

The Daily Explains: Political turnover in Evanston: Here’s what you need to know about our city’s fledgling leaders. With a new city manager selection on the horizon, Evanston’s cohort of new leaders continues to expand. 

Preparing for retirement, Karen Singer reflects on 18 years of leadership, expansion at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. When Singer started working as YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s interim executive director in August 2004, she didn’t anticipate applying for the permanent position.

History Makers Series presents diverse voices to District 65 community. This year, history instruction in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 isn’t just coming from textbooks. Three speakers came to schools throughout the year to talk about identity-based research and advocacy.

What are ‘ghost guns’, and why are they now banned in Illinois? A new law requires that all firearms are serialized, which helps law enforcement to trace weapons used in crimes. Illinois is the first Midwest state to pass such legislation.

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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...