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Longtime Evanston alderman Ann Rainey received the fifth annual Cares Award for Community Service from Presence Saint Francis Hospital (PSFH) on Oct. 8. The award was presented at the Cares Award breakfast.

The PSFH Cares Award for Community Service is presented to a community leader or organization that exemplifies the values that inspire PSFH’s outreach to the community.

The award recognizes inspirational leadership from an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance the well-being of the community.

Ann Rainey has served as alderman of Evanston’s “Great 8th Ward” for 25 years. She grew up in a military family that settled in Evanston while she was in high school.

A graduate of Evanston Township High School, she has been an activist all of her life. While marching and fighting for civil rights and equal rights, she crossed paths with Shirley Chisholm, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Locally she has worked diligently on housing issues and fought to improve living conditions in Evanston. Ald. Rainey is the founder of the annual Bike the Ridge event, which just celebrated its sixth year. Her current focus is the redevelopment of Howard Street to create an entertainment and dining district.