After much fanfare from Chicago aldermen over the righteousness of tearing down President-elect Donald Trump’s honorary street signs, city workers quietly removed the placards over the weekend.
A city sign shop crew pulled down the remaining two street signs on Wabash Avenue near Trump Tower at 8 a.m. Sunday, according to Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Claffey. A third Trump sign was stolen months ago.
The City Council voted a week before the Nov. 8 presidential election to take down the signs, citing the “caricature” of Chicago that Trump presented during the campaign through his frequent mentions of the city as a place overrun with violent crime. Aldermen also knocked Trump’s pledge to deport millions of immigrants in the country illegally in voting to take away the street sign honor.
Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, who sponsored the plan to remove the signs, said city officials had not informed him they were going to take them down, as they had promised to do. Reilly floated the idea before the election of possibly melting down the Trump signs to refashion them into signs “for somebody who deserves an honor.”
Since Trump won the election, some aldermen have wondered whether it would be smart to antagonize the president-elect by making a big deal out of ripping down the signs.
Claffey said he was looking into what had become of the signs, which hung on light poles at Wabash and Hubbard Street and at Wabash and Illinois Street.
Still up across the street at Wabash and Hubbard is an honorary street sign for Barbara T. Bowman, an early childhood education expert who is the mother of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
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