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Lionel Jean-Baptiste: Haiti’s strong values endure despite history of turmoil

The Honorable Lionel Jean-Baptiste credits his groundbreaking success in the United States with the qualities of “selflessness” and a “can-do attitude” that he learned during his childhood in Haiti. He made his remarks in a Zoom conversation sponsored by the Evanston chapter of the League of Women Voters on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Among Judge Jean-Baptiste’s many accomplishments are serving as the first Haitian American member of the City Council, where he represented the Second Ward from 2001 to 2011. He left that position to become a judge in the Cook County Circuit Court. On Jan. 1, 2021, he swore in…


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