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Aldermen Consider Push To Rename Lake Shore Drive For Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable

Du Sable, who was of African descent, is considered the first permanent non-Indigenous settler in Chicago.

Bart Shore
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CHICAGO — Members of the City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way are set to meet at 1 p.m. to consider a proposal (O2019-7918) to rename Lake Shore Drive to “Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Drive,” a longtime demand of the group Black Heroes Matter.

The ordinance, sponsored last year by Ald. David Moore (17th) and cosponsored by 10 other aldermen, was added to the committee’s 20-page agenda on Wednesday. If approved, it would affect Lake Shore Drive from Hollywood Boulevard to South 71st Street.

Du Sable, who was of African descent, is considered the first permanent non-Indigenous settler in Chicago.

The committee is also set to vacate various street sections near 48th Street and Western Avenue to make way for the new Chicago Park District Headquarters.

Also on Thursday, members of the Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety are scheduled during a 10 a.m. meeting to approve an ordinance sponsored by Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) (O2020-5223) that would consider 2020 residential permits to be valid through the first 10 days of the new year, giving permit-holders extra time to renew.

The version of the ordinance posted online as of late Wednesday would have created a 15-day “grace period” for renewing expired parking permits, but Tunney plans to file a substitute ordinance shortening the period to 10 days, according to 44th Ward office director Denise Poelsterl.

“Given that passes purchased online through the City Clerk’s website can take seven to ten days for processing and delivery, those purchasing passes late December may not receive then in a time ley manner,” Poelsterl wrote in a statement to The Daily Line Wednesday. “This grace period will allow residents ample time to obtain the appropriate permits and avoid citation for expired guest parking permit.