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Civic Center may get mayor’s name

Evanston aldermen are scheduled to vote on a resolution tonight that would name the Civic Center after retiring Mayor Lorraine Morton.


Evanston aldermen are scheduled to vote on a resolution tonight that would name the Civic Center after retiring Mayor Lorraine Morton.

The resolution is on the agenda as a special order of business at the last meeting of the 77th City Council, before newly elected aldermen are sworn in later in the evening.

Morton, 90, served as a teacher and later principal in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 for 35 years until her retirement in 1989.

She served as 5th Ward alderman beginning in 1982 and has been mayor since 1993.

An effort earlier this year by members of the District 65 board to rename Haven Middle School for Morton was tabled after some Haven parents objected to removing the name of 19th century Evanston educator Erastus Haven from the building.

The council resolution doesn’t specify the cost of the new signage it would direct the city manager to install on the building.

Tonight’s City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The unusually early start is made possible by the cancellation of the night’s Planning and Development Committee meeting. That committee usually meets at 6:30 p.m.

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