Nearly four years after she left office as mayor Lorraine Morton saw her portrait unveiled at the Civic Center this evening.

Evanston artist Richard Halstead chatted with Morton and current Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl during the unveiling ceremony before a city council chamber packed with admirers of the former mayor.

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

Video of the unveiling from Steve Lemieux-Jordan of Evanston Photographic Studios.

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.

Tisdahl noted that Halstead had donated the portrait to the city.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Amazing!

    I had no words, only tears of extreme joy would present themselves as I read the articles, viewed the pictures and watched these amazing videos.  Aunt. Lorraine you are an amazing piece of work.  I only regret we were not there in person to share in this monumental event for you and for Evanston.  Thanks to the city of Evanston for recognizing Lorraine for her work while she can enjoy it.  Great Job everyone.

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