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Executive Director Jonathan Perman called it “The Last Word,” as the Chamber of Commerce announced Mayor Lorraine Morton’s 16th and final State of the City Address. If there were any uncertainties in the crowd of more than 100 at the Orrington Hotel about the Friday the 13th event, they may have centered around who will be giving that mayoral speech next year. In her speech, Mayor Morton recounted the growth of the City since she has been mayor and emphasized her delight in the fact that there is no increase in the City’s portion of the property tax in the upcoming budget. Speaking of her pleasure in public service, she said she hoped she would be remembered as someone who “tried to do something for everybody and found joy in doing so.” In conjunction with the State of the City Address, Mayor Morton presented the awards for the arts, given annually to one local artist and one local arts organization that have made “significant contributions to the arts and to the quality of life in Evanston,” according to the Chamber. Margherita Andreotti, a former member of the City’s Public Art Committee was recognized “for her diligent and devoted work to document and bring attention to the status of historic art in Evanston schools.” With Dr. Christine Bell of Northwestern University and Nancy Flannery, Ms. Andreotti helped complete a report on the public art in the City’s public school buildings. Shorefront Journal, founded by Morris (Dino) Robinson Jr., was also honored for its service to and education of the Evanston community. Shorefront is the primary resource on the North Shore for information about the lives and contributions of African-Americans in Evanston and other suburbs. The organization mounts historical exhibits and Mr. Robinson says he plans to resume publication of the eponymic Shorefront Journal.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...