Former 4th Ward Alderman Evelyn “Evie” Sherman Raden has died after a long illness. She was 82.
The long-time resident of Evanston served as a passionate advocate for many causes before, during and after her two terms as alderman from 1981 to 1989.
Described by her family as a visionary political organizer, she was pivotal in many campaigns at local, state and national levels.
Her time on the City Council coincided with a turn to the right in the White House, and she responded locally to conservative policies at the national level.
Before her political career, she was an active participant in the civil rights movement, the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment and other causes, often bringing her young son and daughter to marches and demonstrations.
Evie is remembered as a convivial, welcoming host whose spirited, delicious dinners convened a diverse array of cultural, political and social leaders around the table.
She’s survived by her husband, Bernard Raden, son Tony (Karen) Raden and daughter Lisa Raden, grandsons Theo and Levi Raden, brother Mark (Holly) Sherman, and sister-in-law Dorothy Raden.
The service and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Forrest E. Powell Foundation or the Youth Job Center. To attend the funeral live stream at noon on Friday, May 14, visit the Chicago Jewish Funerals website.