Nearly four years after she left office as mayor, Lorraine Morton will have her portrait added Monday to the lobby of Evanston’s Civic Center — a building that now carries her name.

The portrait, by Evanston artist Richard Halstead, will be unveiled at 7 p.m., during a break in the night’s City Council committee meetings. A reception will follow the unveiling.

Morton was Evanston’s mayor from 1993 to 2009 and had previously served as 5th Ward alderman for nine years.

She also taught at Foster, Nichols and Chute schools in District 65 and served as principal of Haven Middle School.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the ceremony was timed to coincide with African American history month. He says the painting has been a nearly two-year project.

Morton, and other former Evanston mayors, already have their photos displayed in the hallway outside the second-floor City Council chamber.

Update 8:07 a.m. 2/21/13: This story has been updated to fix several issues with the original version.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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