Evans, Abrams get support in 3rd, 5th wards
By Judy Masterson email@example.com February 26, 2013 9:14PM
Caroline Harrington candidate for North Chicago 3rd ward alderman. | Special to Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 28, 2013 6:41AM
Voters in North Chicago’s 3rd Ward elected as their new alderman Carl Evans, the man who pressured City Hall to tear down the infamous Ron-Ric Motel.
Evans, who was supported by incumbent 3rd Ward Ald. Valerie DeVost, who made an unsuccessful bid for mayor Tuesday, beat out three contenders with an unofficial 43 percent of a very anemic 207 votes cast during the Democratic primary. His closest challenger was Caroline Harrington, who had 54 to his 90 votes.
Evans, 46, cited crime, housing, and lack of jobs and programs for youth as problems in the 3rd Ward. He wants to see more abandoned and eyesore properties demolished.
The Ron-Ric, which used to sit adjacent to his home along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, was a haven for prostitution and drug dealing.
In the Fifth Ward, incumbent Ald. Rev. Torrance Abrams Sr. won election to a second term with 46 percent of 202 votes cast, according to unofficial results. He defeated two challengers, including Kingston Neal, who holds a seat on the Foss Park Board.
Abrams, a reformed drug addict who has helped many others get clean, said he was humbled by the victory.
“This win is nothing to do cartwheels over,” he said. “I consider my seat on the council an extension of my ministry.”
Abrams said the City of North Chicago needs healing.
“We’ve gone through a lot over the past year. We have a lot of work to do and I will work really hard to unite the people,” he added. “There’s some feelings hurt, but we need to pool all our resources together and bring our ideas to the table and agree to disagree. We need to build our community and we can’t do it alone.”