Friday, March 24, 2006

 

'Fred Hampton Way' Reaches Dead End?

It seems 'Fred Hampton Way' won't become a reality in Chicago:
An influential alderman has found a way to defuse the furor over 'Chairman Fred Hampton Way' that threatens to create a racial divide in Chicago not seen since Council Wars: Don't call it for a vote.

On Thursday, Transportation Committee Chairman Tom Allen (38th) said he had decided not to call the honorary street designation for the slain Black Panther leader for a vote at next week's Council meeting -- or any other time.

Although the committee already has approved the Hampton designation sponsored by Ald. Madeline Haithcock (2nd), Allen can flex the muscle -- which every committee chairman has -- to leave it out.
Haithcock could force the full council to vote on the matter, but she's apparently well short of the required 26 votes. I hope she does so anyway. I'd love to put the entire City Council on record on this matter.

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