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.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.
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.