Edmund Moran has been 6th Ward alderman since 1991 when he defeated tax-cut activist Bernard Schmidt for the open seat created by Margaret Wold’s decision not to run for re-election.
That makes him the Evanston alderman with the longest continuous service and gives him the ceremonial honor of reading off the council’s consent agenda at the twice-monthly meetings.
Moran, an attorney with an office in Chicago’s Loop, says he uses his experience as a zoning lawyer to try to alleviate problems Evanston citizens face.
A few years ago he jumped on concerns some of his constituents raised about small old homes being torn down and replaced with larger houses — “McMansions” to those who don’t like the new dwellings.
He fought for an ordinance that would have limited newly built homes to 1.2 times average of the height of the four closest homes on the same side of the street.
The full City Council ultimately rejected that plan, but did adopt a 35-foot height limit for new single-family residential construction in the ward.
It later also adopted a Moran proposal to impose a $10,000 tax on the demolition of single family homes across the city, with the revenue targeted for affordable housing projects.
Moran has taken diverse positions on other zoning and development issues, often finding himself on the losing side in those debates.
In 2000, he voted against an ordinance that lowered height limits on sections of Chicago Avenue in the 3rd Ward from 105 to 67 feet.
The same year he opposed creation of the Northeast Evanston Historic District, which the council approved 6-3. Supporters saw that as a way to restrict Northwestern University’s expansion west of Sheridan Road.
He was the only alderman to vote against the development a decade ago that led to construction of the Century Theater, Hilton Garden Inn and Maple Avenue Garage.
And he was the only vote on the council in 2004 in favor of constructing a lakefront marina. Though that plan appears to be dead, “I hope there is a bit more interest for this in the future,” Moran said. “I think it’s a good idea.”
But otherwise, Moran says, he’s generally excited about the city’s recently-adopted lakefront plan.
Before becoming an alderman, Moran served on the Evanston Recreation Board, an appointed panel that develops plans for how to improve the city’s public facilities. Moran believes that the issues he discussed and fought for then are still important today,
The lakefront is a beautiful place, Moran said, but the addition of newer public facilities and landscaping will greatly improve the area.
Moran says he’s also very proud of the changes in the downtown area. “I am amazed by the amount of activity in the area,” Moran said.
But he says he has reservations about some aspects of the new downtown plan now being reviewed by the Plan Commission.
Edmund Moran, 6th Ward
Born: January 6, 1947, Chicago, Ill.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Notre Dame, 1969, majored in business and accounting. Law degree, Purdue University, 1973.
Occupation: Lawyer, specializing in litigation and civil law.
Evanston resident: 35 years.
Public Service: Alderman, 6th Ward, since 1991.
Family: Married, two children.
Contact the alderman
Edmund B. Moran, Jr.
Home: 2522 Isabella St., 60201
Phone: (847) 475-7267
Work: (312) 408-1544
Fax: (312) 408-1539