With his giant new “library” on the way, Chicagoans are going to have to deal with the fact that their city is morphing from Chicagoland into Obamaland.
Oh, what has become of the city of Al Capone?
Well, there’s a move afoot to glorify Obama with some pavement, but it looks like someone’s getting steamrolled and doesn’t like it.
From the Washington Examiner:
The family of the namesake of a major road on Chicago’s South Side is pushing back against a mayoral candidate’s suggestion the expressway be rebranded to former President Barack Obama.
Bill Daley, who is running to replace Rahm Emanuel as Chicago’s mayor in February’s election, last week proposed changing the name of the Dan Ryan Expressway, also known as Interstate 90/94. But the Ryan family is upset that Daley, whose father and brother previously served as the city’s mayor, would put forward the idea without seeking their opinion first. Dan Ryan, a former Cook County board president, worked extensively with then-Mayor Richard J. Daley, the current candidate’s father, to build the road. Dan Ryan died suddenly in 1961 before it opened in 1962.
Bill Daley served as White House chief of staff in the Obama administration, as did Emanuel, the outgoing mayor.
“I’m hurt. I feel bad that he didn’t try and contact us to see what we would think,” Daniel B. Ryan III, the namesake’s grandson, 69, told the Chicago Sun-Times this week. “We feel very honored to have this named after our grandfather. Why would you take an honor away from one man to honor another?”