Alderman Thomas Allen, chairman of the City Council's Transportation Committee, says enough is enough and Mayor Richard M. Daley agrees.
"Everybody will want a street sign -- every citizen. Some corners will get three or four signs. If anybody reports that I was on such-and-such a street and we don't ... send an ambulance, we're liable," Daley said.
The Fraternal Order of Police opposes a "Chairman Fred Hampton Way" but U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., a former Black Panther, said he'll fight to honor Hampton, who was killed in a 1969 police raid. Hampton advocated black self-determination and self-defense, including violence against police under some circumstances.
"Race is the subtext for most of the controversies in this town," Alderman Toni Preckwinkle told WTTW-TV.