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New alderman takes oath in Wilmington

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 9:54 p.m. CDT

WILMINGTON – Steve Evans was sworn in this week as the city of Wilmington’s new 4th Ward alderman.

Evans was sworn in July 8 during a City Council meeting, with his mother Helen Hoppe holding the Bible.

Evans was appointed by Mayor Marty Orr to fill the post vacated when Hoppe stepped down for health reasons. The appointment will run through the spring 2015 elections. The council unanimously supported the appointment.

Hoppe had served since 2005. During the meeting, she was presented with a certificate honoring her outstanding performance as 4th Ward alderman.

“I’d like to be able to stay ... but I can’t. It doesn’t mean that I won’t be in about a year or two,” she said.

Orr said several people expressed interest in the post. He said he choose to appoint Evans because “the one thing that really stands out with Steve, in my discussions, is the passion he has for the community.

“As everybody says, ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,’ and as passionate as Helen was with her job, I’m sure Steve’s going to try to fill those shoes for his mom.”

Evans, 55, grew up in Wilmington and said his goal will be to work for the people. He served as a Florence Township trustee for seven years, but now lives in the city’s 4th Ward. He owns Evans Lawn & Garden.

The new RidgePort Logistics Center at Interstate 55 and Lorenzo Road and the construction of the proposed Illiana Expressway are two projects that will impact Wilmington, Evans said.

Residents can learn more about the Illiana Expressway plans at an open meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at city hall. 

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