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Alderman Pushes to Abolish Honorary Street Signs

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A Chicago alderman wants to abolish the honorary street sign program.

Thomas Allen says naming a block after someone is becoming a meaningless tribute.

“We have 1,300 honorary street signs and there’s no criteria,” Allen says. “It’s purely subjective, and it’s a waste of our money, our tax dollars.”

Allen says his push to get rid of the program is unrelated to the debate surrounding Fred Hampton, who is being considered for the honor.

Hampton was a member of the Black Panther Party. He was killed by police in a 1969 raid on his West Side apartment.

Mayor Richard Daley says he’ll let the aldermen decide the fate of the honorary street sign program.

But he says the signs can be confusing for people reporting a crime or calling for an ambulance.

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