Timothy C. Evans
|Chief Judge Cook County Circuit Court|
|Assumed office |
|City of Chicago Alderman|
November 27, 1973 – February 1991
|Preceded by||Claude Holman|
|Succeeded by||Toni Preckwinkle|
|Constituency||4th Ward, Chicago|
|Born||June 1, 1943|
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Thelma Evans (m. 1969)
|Education||Hirsch Metropolitan High School|
Timothy C. Evans (born June 1943) is an American attorney, politician, former alderman and the current Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. Evans is noted as the first African-American Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. A graduate of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Evans was first elected to the bench in 1992, and was selected by his fellow judges as Chief Judge in 2001.
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Early life and education
Born the middle of three children in Hot Springs, Arkansas to George and Tiny Marie Evans, his family relocated to Chicago sometime during the great migration. Having attended elementary school in Arkansas, Evans attended Hirsch Metropolitan High School; graduating in 1961. After high school, Evans went on to study at Illinois State University, and later transferred to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he graduated with a BS in zoology. Evans earned his law degree at John Marshall Law School in 1969 and joined the Democratic Party.
Evans was elected alderman of the city's south side 4th Ward in a November 27, 1973 special election to fill the vacancy created six months earlier by the death of Ald. Claude Holman on June 1, 1973. Evans defeated Hattie B. Kay Williams, a 50-year-old executive of the Girl Scouts and civil rights activist by a vote of 6,784 to 3,136.
An ally of mayors Daley, Bilandic, Byrne and Washington, Evans served as floor leader and Chicago City Council Finance Chair during Harold Washington's mayoral administration. Following Washington's death, Evans sought to fill Washington's unexpired term. The Chicago City Council voted to choose Alderman Eugene Sawyer to serve in the interim. Evans continued to serve as alderman. Evans ran as an independent candidate during a special election was held for Mayor of Chicago to fill Washington's term in 1989. Evans received 482,000 votes but eventually lost to Richard M. Daley, son of former multi-term mayor Richard J. Daley. Sawyer was defeated by Daley in the Democratic primary. After 18 years in office, in 1991 Evans was defeated for re-election as alderman in the 4th Ward by Toni Preckwinkle.
Cook County Circuit Judge
Evans has been married to his wife Thelma Evans since November 1969. Evans met his wife during his time at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Together, they have two twin daughters; Cynthia and Catherine Evans (b. 1970 or 1971). Evans was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 2010.
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- Chicago Tribune - Timothy Evans - March 3, 1989
- Chicago Sun-Times - HE WATCHDOGS: Chief Cook County Judge Timothy Evans has his two daughters on payroll - October 22, 2012