William “Bill” Logan Jr. (Photo by Heidi Randhava)

William “Bill” Logan Jr., whose long list of accomplishments include service as Evanston’s first Black Police Chief, has been nominated to have a street named in his honor under a resolution backed by the City Council’s Human Services Committee. 

Committee members voted unanimously on March 7 to designate a portion of McDaniel Avenue between Nathaniel Place and Greenleaf Street with the honorary street name sign, “William Bill Logan Jr. Way.”

The proposal will next move to the City Council for approval. 

Council member Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, and Gilo Kwesi Cornell Logan, Logan’s son, filled out the application for consideration. 

Some of Chief Logan’s accomplishments listed in the application include:

  • Chessmen Club of the North Shore, co-founder, 1958; President Emeritus. The group has given scholarships to Evanston Township High School graduates and food to the needy at Christmas for over 40 years.
  • Fellowship of African American Men (FAAM), co-founder, 1968. Logan was a founding member of this locally-based youth basketball program 42 years ago. He coached in the league for 15 years and presently serves as Vice President. 

A lifelong member of the community, Logan began his service at ETHS, where he was the first Black homeroom president, first Black senior class vice president, first Black football captain, and the first Black football player to win the Myerson Award for Excellence, the application noted. 

Joining the Evanston Police Department in 1957, he became Evanston’s first Black Sergeant, first Black Lieutenant, first Black Captain, first Black Deputy Chief and First Black Chief of Police, the resolution noted. 

The resolution also stated that during his time as Captain, Logan helped form the Black Police Officers Association and was instrumental in the fight against discrimination towards Black police officers and women in the areas of promotion, assignment and discipline,

A Korean War veteran, he has been granted numerous awards in his lifetime for his service to the Evanston community, including the Evanston Police Department’s highest commendation Award for Valor and Outstanding Performance Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ awards for Outstanding Community Service and Dedicated Service, the resolution said. 

As the Director of Safety at Evanston Township High School from 1987-2006, Logan initiated motor patrol for safety staff, the instillation of crossing guards, and safety staff first aid certification. 

At the meeting, Committee members held only brief discussion on the resolution with a more extensive ceremony expected when the street naming proposal goes before the Council. 

“I have to say, reading through the material in the packet, it’s a wonder that we’ve not given him an honorary street name already,” commented Council member Eleanor Revelle, 7th Ward, who chaired the meeting. “I mean, it’s very impressive contributions to the community.” 

Evanston officials established the Honorary Street Name Sign program in 1996 to allow citizens the opportunity to honor individuals or groups that have contributed significantly to the City of Evanston through cultural, historical, or humanitarian acts. 

Once approved, honorary street name signs are displayed for 10 years, and the portion of a street so designated is one block long.

Bob Seidenberg is an award-winning reporter covering issues in Evanston for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

3 replies on “Honorary street naming proposed to honor William ‘Bill’ Logan Jr.’s many accomplishments”

  1. What a distinguished honor! 💚 He truly lived a life of being a trailblazer. He helped pave the way for so many African Americans. Especially for black men.

  2. Congratulations! job well done! Mr. Logan is everyone’s friend and Dad. He’s kind and cares about the well-being of everyone. His family is my family and I can honestly say he’s like a father to me. I love him and proud of all his accomplishments ❤️❤️❤️

  3. I heartily second the remarks of Councilwoman Revelle: it’s a wonder that this has not happened sooner, but kudos to Evanston for stepping up now! Bill Logan has long been an institution and an invaluable asset to the Evanston community and I am delighted to see him get a portion of the recognition that he so richly deserves. Thank you Captain Logan for your leadership, your imagination, for being an outstanding role model and for devoting your life to your community!

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