Retired city union organizer dies


Retired AFSCME union organizer Ted Loda , who represented Evanston city employees for 20 years, died Wednesday at age 70.

Loda was instrumental in a 2003 vote that dramatically increased the number of city workers with union representation to include librarians, engineers and clerks.

After his retirement, Loda, who lived at 1314 Washington St., returned to city hall to oppose efforts to outsource city worker jobs during the city budget crisis early in this decade.

He also was active in the Democratic Party of Evanston, the Kiwanis Club of Evanston and at St. Mark's Church.

Loda is survived by his son Jason Loda and daughter Rebecca Fortner and two grandchildren.

Visitation hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 6250 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.

Funeral services on Monday, Aug. 15, begin at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, proceeding to Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 1509 Ridge Ave. in Evanston, for a service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association.

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