Timothy C. Evans

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Tim Evans
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Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court
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September 2001
Education Illinois State University
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (BS)
John Marshall Law School (JD)

Timothy C. Evans (born June 1, 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. [1] 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.



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. [2] After high school, Evans went on to study at Illinois State University, [3] and later transferred to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he graduated with a B.S. in zoology. Evans earned his J.D. degree at John Marshall Law School in 1969 and joined the Democratic Party.

Alderman (1973–1991)

Evans was elected alderman of the city's south side 4th Ward in a November 27, 1973 special election [4] to fill the vacancy created six months earlier by the death of Ald. Claude Holman on June 1, 1973. [5] 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. [6] [7] [8] [9]

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. [10] After 18 years in office, in 1991 Evans was defeated for re-election as alderman in the 4th Ward by Toni Preckwinkle. [11]

Cook County Circuit Judge

In 1992, Evans was elected to the bench as judge of Cook County Circuit Court. [1] [12] [13] In September 2001, Evans was elected as the first black Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court succeeding Donald O'Connell. [1] [14] [15]


Evans met his wife during his time at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. [16] Evans was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 2010.

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