Proposal to rename Balbo Drive stalls at City Hall

By Bill Cameron, WLS-AM News

(CHICAGO) The proposal to replace the name of Balbo Dr. for the civil rights icon Ida B. Wells has stalled at City Hall.

Ida B. Wells Dr was supposed to get a hearing here at the hall in a city council committee, but didn’t.

The mayor has ducked the idea, an Italian American organization is an opponent and it may not have had the votes to advance.

So, co-sponsor Ald. Sophia King is in a compromising mood, saying “I am open to having another street named after Ida B. Wells. I think it has to be an appropriate street, something that celebrates her in a way that she should be.”

Possible alternatives include Lake Shore Drive and Congress Parkway.

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