Evanston aldermen Monday night bid farewell to their colleague Lionel Jean-Baptiste as the 2nd Ward alderman participated in his final city council meeting before assuming his new role as a circuit court judge.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl reads one of several plaques and proclaimations  given the departing alderman.

Jean-Baptiste drew praise from council members for his devotion to youth issues and economic development in Evanston during his 10 years on the council, his negotiating skills in finding compromises to complex issues facing the city and his sense of humor, as well as for his dedication to improving conditions in Haiti, the island nation where he was born.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has said she hopes to appoint a new alderman to fill the remaining two years of Jean-Baptiste’s term in time for the City Council’s next meeting, March 14.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Sorry to see Alderman Jean-Baptiste leave

    I am sorry to see Alderman Jean-Baptiste depart.   I have to say he was always listening.  I remember he once thank me for pointing out the short comings of staff working in a unsafe manner  while excavating at a administrative and public works meeting which he chaired.

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