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Mayor Tisdahl Appoints New 2nd Ward Alderman

Peter Braithwaite will replace Lionel Jean-Baptiste.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has tapped Peter Braithwaite to be the new 2nd Ward alderman.

Braithwaite will be taking the place of Lionel Jean-Baptiste, in February to serve as a judge in the 9th Sub-Circuit Court of Cook County.

“Peter will be a caring, responsive and idealistic alderman; I am delighted and honored to appoint him to be the Second Ward Alderman,” Tisdahl said in a press release.

Braithwaite grew up in Evanston's 2nd Ward with his four siblings and is the son of Jamaican immigrants. Growing up in Evanston, Braithwaite attended , and He later attended the University of Kansas where he studied psychology with an emphasis in African-American studies and human development.  

Braithwaite has spent more than a decade serving others, according to a written release from the city. His service includes a position as a case manager at Association House of Chicago, project coordinator for Evanston's "I Have a Dream Project," and interim youth director at . Currently, he is an independent sales consultant.

Braithwaite now lives in the Penny Park with his wife and four children. 

Richard Schulte March 09, 2011 at 11:57 PM
“Peter will be a caring, responsive and idealistic alderman; I am delighted and honored to appoint him to be the Second Ward Alderman,” Tisdahl said in a press release." My apologies for commenting, but Mayor Tisdahl's description of the new alderman is, well. . . . Instead of a "caring, responsive and idealistic" alderman, I hope that most citizens of Evanston would prefer an alderman who is intelligent, competent, honest, ethical and has the highest level of integrity and who is an advocate for all of the tax-payers of the City of Evanston. Hopefully, Mayor Tisdahl was just rambling and confused about the best qualities of Alderman Braithwaite. After what the citizens of Crook County/Illinois have been through in the last decade, intelligence, competence, honesty and integrity would be a refreshing change. My best wishes for the new alderman!
Marya F March 10, 2011 at 06:59 AM
Oh no, you again.
Richard Schulte March 10, 2011 at 07:18 AM
Just exercising my constitutional rights under the First Amendment. I assume that you do support the First Amendment-well maybe not. "Caring, responsive and idealistic" sounds like a description of a great day care teacher, but for an alderman, I'm not so sure. I'm sure the mayor just got her press releases confused.
Kit Sullivan March 10, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Ms. Flood, you may not care for Mr. Schulte's comments, but hope you agree with the American principle of freedom of speech epitomized by Evelyn Beatrice Hall's often quoted: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Marya F March 11, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Ah, the irony. You've taken my 4 pithy little words and linked them to constitutional rights and the American principal of freedom. I exercised my right by posting those words, just as Mayor Tisdahl exercised her right to free speech by commenting on Mr. Braithwaite as Alderman in the 2nd ward. Schulte jumped all over her choice of words (free speech, right?) and delivered yet another diatribe. Good times had by all.
Richard Schulte March 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM
From Merriam-Webster, m-w.com: Definition of DIATRIBE 1 archaic : a prolonged discourse 2 : a bitter and abusive speech or piece of writing 3 : ironic or satirical criticism "It just goes to show ya, it's always something" Roseanne Roseannadanna

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