Lorraine H. Morton dies; Evanston’s first black mayor and longest-serving mayor

Lorraine H. Morton, who went from being a teacher, school principal and alderman to becoming Evanston’s first and only African-American mayor and also its longest serving chief executive, died over the weekend at 99.

Gracious and with a reputation for remembering the names of everyone at the Evanston Civic Center — which was renamed in her honor — “She was a marvelous mayor,” said her successor, former Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “She was very bright, had an incredible ability to bring people together, and we all loved her.”

Ms. Morton also was the first Democrat and the second female to be elected mayor of the North Shore suburb. She served for 16 years after her 1993 win.

She had been in failing health and moved a few months ago into the Skokie home of her daughter, Elizabeth…

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