Evanston’s City Council proclaimed April Shani Davis month when the Olympic speed skating champion made an appearance before the council this evening.

Shani Davis poses in the City Council chamber with youngsters from the skating program at Evanston’s Robert Crown Center, where he trained. To his right are his coach at the Crown Center, Sanders Hicks, and his mother, Cherie Davis. To his left are U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston and Mayor Lorraine Morton.

Evanston’s City Council proclaimed April Shani Davis month when the Olympic speed skating champion made an appearance before the council this evening.

Shani Davis poses in the City Council chamber with youngsters from the skating program at Evanston’s Robert Crown Center, where he trained. To his right are his coach at the Crown Center, Sanders Hicks, and his mother, Cherie Davis. To his left are U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston and Mayor Lorraine Morton.


Olympian Davis shares a laugh with Mayor Morton as he holds the council’s proclamation.


The gold and silver medals that brought him fame.


After the ceremony all the aldermen got to touch the Olympic medals. Here Alderman Steve Bernstein, 4th Ward, uses 3rd Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne’s cell phone camera to capture the moment for her.

Mr. Davis will be back in Evanston for a reception at the Robert Crown Center at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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