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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local officials on what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 96th birthday to unveil the newly-designated Mandela Road in Chicago. The stretch of Cicero Avenue from Roosevelt Road to West Grand Avenue will now also bear a designation in honor of the late South African President and world civil rights leader Nelson Mandela.

“Nelson Mandela was a hero of democracy and championed the struggle for basic human rights and dignity,” Quinn said. “Now, those traveling this state highway on Chicago’s west side will be reminded of Mandela’s lifelong journey that continues to have a profound effect on the world we live in today.”

The Illinois General Assembly officially designated a portion of Cicero Avenue, also known as Illinois Route 50, as Mandela Road in House Joint Resolution 89, which was sponsored by State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) and State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood). The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is erecting signs in honor of the designation at a series of intersections along Cicero Avenue. Residents and businesses along the route will retain their official Cicero Avenue addresses.

Mandela Road joins other honorary Chicago street designations including those named for Emmett Till, Studs Terkel, Harold Washington, Mother Theresa and Michael Krzyzewski or “Coach K.” - Rockford Record American, 7/18/14

Here's a little more info:

Friday's dedication was specifically scheduled for Mandela's birthday, event organizers said. At the dedication, just outside the headquarters of Westside Health Authority at Cicero and Chicago avenues, Ford said the goal remains to have all of Cicero renamed after Mandela.

The partial renaming was an acceptable compromise, said Ford, who was among the speakers Friday.

"We know the importance of signs and how they help improve the way we go about our day," he said, speaking to a throng of community members and local media. "All across the world, streets are named after people who have made an impact on society. President Mandela has impacted the world. That's why we're here on the West Side of Chicago today to say thank you, President Mandela, for your symbol of hope."

Performers at the event included Ella Flagg Elementary School's March Band and AfriCaribbean Connection dance troupe.

Quinn said Mandela Road belonged to all of the people, just as Mandela himself did. Ford called upon the governor to lead the way in improving Cicero Avenue/Mandela Road with new businesses and improved street lighting, among other needed upgrades.

The beloved South African leader and humanitarian died on Dec. 5, 2013 at age 95. Ford announced his plans for renaming the street a week after Mandela's death. He submitted his resolution in early April and the measure was approved on May 30. Cicero Avenue is part of Illinois Route 50, which begins in Kankakee and runs north through Chicago and into Skokie, covering roughly 67 miles. - Austin Weekly News, 7/18/14

Couldn't think of anyone else more deserving.  Meanwhile, Bruce Rauner (R. IL) is out on the campaign trail promoting his tax plan:

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner said he could find $600 million in new revenue by taxing select services in Illinois, but he also proposed freezing property tax rates and lowering the state income tax by 2 percentage points over four years.

In a Thursday campaign announcement, Rauner also said he wants to force all local governments to hold  a referendum every time they want to raise property taxes.

Rauner also attempted to steady his position on the minimum wage, saying he would back a $10-an-hour minimum wage — only if the increase is paired with substantial business reforms.

Rauner outlined the proposals at a news conference at Quality Float Works in Schaumburg.

The campaign blueprint indicated $600 million more in revenue could be raised from taxing services such as attorneys, chartered flights, trailer parks, golf club membership fees and armored car services. Rauner proposed taxing certain services while allowing others to remain exempt, including day care centers, animal care and barber shops. - Chicago Sun-Times, 7/17/14

And he's pouring more of his money into his own campaign:

Bruce Rauner put another $1.5 million into his campaign on July 15, according to a report filed today, bringing the wealthy Republican gubernatorial candidate to more than $8 million of his own money in the race.

Reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections show that Mr. Rauner, a private equity investor with a net worth of several hundred million dollars, has raised more than $2.5 million in the last few weeks, not counting the latest $1.5 million he put in himself.

His latest big contributors include the Illinois Manufacturers Association, which put in $250,000 along with its formal endorsement on July 17, and $100,000 from Thomas Siebel, a former Chicagoan and software executive who is now chairman and CEO of C3 Energy in Redwood City, California.

Citizens for Rauner had more than $3.5 million on hand as of June 30, after raising about $8 million and spending $5.9 million since April 1.

Even with upwards of $7.5 million on hand now, Mr. Rauner still trails Gov. Pat Quinn, who had nearly $11.7 million on hand as of June 30 after raising more than $3.7 million and spending only $878,000 since March 30. After June 30, the Democratic governor raised an additional $13,500 plus a $12,150 contribution, apparently in-kind, for “lodging.” - Crain's Chicago Business, 7/18/14

Quinn may have a tough fight ahead of him but he can still beat Rauner.  Click here to donate and get involved with Quinn's campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 01:44 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

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    by poopdogcomedy on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 01:44:27 PM PDT

  •  Thanks to Rep Ford (2+ / 0-)
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    for leading the charge with this by sponsoring the bill and an online petition. Ford's effort and the right wing reaction to it was the topic of a diary I posted at DK late last year.

    I'm not aware of what Quinn did to help make this happen before showing up to the press conference.

    •  I was just going to say that it was an odd stretch (3+ / 0-)
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      of street for a dedication but now I see that it was in Rep. Ford's district. Good for him - a nice guy. I met him a couple month's ago and he has some great ideas on economic development.

    •  Let me clarify, the story I used posted that as (1+ / 0-)
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      their headline.  Now I can change the title of my diary to "Pat Quinn (D) Announces Street In Chicago To Be Named After Nelson Mandela".  Would that better suit you?  Also, I know you're called Quinn a phony and you have beef with him.  I understand some of your criticism and some of the people's criticism and I get it.  But Quinn also was handed a shitty hand and I've heard both good and bad things about Quinn.  One of my co-workers is from Chicago and is a progressive.  I really don't want Rauner to do this race.  Also when I found out that Mike Madigan did business with Rauner's firm, that made me happy that Lisa Madigan passed on this race.  

      I know you care passionately about IL's environment and I respect that and I have read your work which is good.  But I do have a hard time with your critique on Quinn because I don't think it's entirely fair and balanced.  Plus your state has a long history of corruption and honestly, I think Quinn is the best you're going to get for now.  I've heard quite a few IL Kossacks talk extensively about the corruption in your state.  But in the end, you and I both know things could get worse under Rauner.  Lets not bull shit each other here.  You can write all kinds of snarky remarks about Quinn on my diaries, and if you do, this is the only time I will respond to them.  The rest will be ignored.

      Now if it makes you feel better, I will be writing about your Mayor race next year and I am rooting for Karen Lewis to defeat Rahm Emanuel.  

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 02:51:27 PM PDT

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      •  Ok. (1+ / 0-)
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        Since you're not sure if my comments are fair let me make it plain. Quinn spent his entire career when he was out of power presenting himself as a progressive populist reformer.

        His two most significant actions since having real power for the first time in his career are:
        1) Attacking public employee pensions.
        2) Launching the environmental crisis of fracking.

        The complete opposite of what he claims to stand for. If that doesn't fit your definition of a phony then nothing does. It's a stab in the back to the union members and environmentalists who got him elected.

        If a Republican had attempted to pass that Walker/Koch agenda, then Democrats and progressives would have stood united against him. So Quinn's most significant role is to use his past reputation to confuse, divide and conquer progressive movements at the service of a right wing agenda.

        I'm not a Democrat because I like the donkey logo. I'm a Democrat because I believe in things like standing for public workers and the environment. Judging by his actions, Pat Quinn does not share my values. He does not work for my values as a Democrat. And as far as I can tell, we would have had a better shot at defeating those measures if a Republican had been Governor instead. At least then, Democrats in the legislature would have put up a real fight.

        Given the growing scandals with Quinn's anti-crime slush fund and continued corruption at the Department of Natural Resources, we could do a lot better than Quinn as far as corruption goes.

        You can dismiss my comments as snark. I'll continue to call out his hypocritical bullshit until he starts to govern like the old Pat Quinn. These are important issues and they're why a lot of Democrats and independents won't vote for Quinn and probably won't vote at all this year. He dug his own political grave.

        •  From FiveThirtyEight (1+ / 0-)
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          Illinois’s Democratic governor, Pat Quinn, continues to pay for his state’s budget troubles and trails Republican Bruce Rauner. His best chance to win is for a 2010-like polling error to occur. Given that there is a scarcity of polls not conducted by We Ask America, which has historically overestimated Republican support, Quinn is probably not done yet.
          We shall see.  FYI, your criticisms about his environmental record I think are legit.  Now comparing him to Walker, I think that goes too far and here's why:

          “A grassroots community campaign to reduce pension benefits and health care benefits for retirees is pretty startling for a Democratic governor,” says Robert Bruno, director of the University of Illinois-Chicago labor studies department. “Quinn certainly has a tough financial environment in which to bargain, but his austerity argument is not that different from Scott Walker's.”

          Quinn has shown his support for labor at times. These include actions such as a 2010 Project Labor Agreements act that guarantees union pay for construction workers, and, more indirectly, getting a tax increase through the General Assembly in 2011. Spokeswoman Anderson contends that Quinn “has an excellent relationship with the labor community”, singling out support from the United Auto Workers, Teamsters, Painters, and Operating Engineers.

          And while Bruno unfavorably compares Quinn to Walker, the labor studies professor says that, unlike Walker, Quinn is not fighting an ideological battle against unions. “Quinn is not a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Bruno says.

          Now I also understand the arguments here regarding Quinn's stances and Quinn's ideology.  But comparing him to Walker doesn't fly with me.  Plus I will applaud him for his work for home health care workers:

          See I'm not a Democrat because of the logo either but if you could do better than Quinn than why hasn't that better person stood up and challenged Quinn?  Plus you could've done worse than Quinn.  You're going to argue Bill Daley would've been better?  

          Funny Stuff at

          by poopdogcomedy on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 03:30:57 PM PDT

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          •  The Koch Agenda... (0+ / 0-)

            is to increase fossil fuel extraction and attack public sector pensions because they make the private sector look bad. The fact that Quinn hasn't adopted every last extreme point of the Walker/Koch agenda isn't much consolation to me or others whose homes and livelihoods are being attacked by Quinn's policies.

            Blagojevich got the contract for home health care workers. One of the few good things he did.

            Why hasn't someone else stepped up? Quinn signed a law making it more difficult to get on the ballot this year. He also used his fundraising advantage as Governor in a corrupt state to scare away challengers. Blagojevich did the same thing. That hasn't worked so well for Illinois. It's partly why it irritates me to see the same thing happening at the Presidential level.

            Government is the largest employer in Illinois. Thinking anyone could win re-election after attacking public pensions was idiotic. The easiest way for Democrats to get re-elected in Illinois is to govern like a liberal Democrat. Quinn and the rest of the state will have to learn that lesson the hard way when Rauner becomes the next Governor.

            And since Quinn has raised over $200,000 from coal billionaire Chris Cline, I'm sure he can do without my donation. A Cline mine is having an uncontrolled fire in Hillsboro, IL at this moment, and two miners have died in accidents at another Cline mine in less than a year. And if a Republican were Governor right now, the Chicago big green groups might find the courage to say something about all that.

            •  Hey, I know voters don't like either candidate but (0+ / 0-)

              at the end of the day, one of them will win.  It almost sounds like you want Rauner to win to teach Quinn a lesson but any story I've read, it sounds like Rauner would do more damage to public pensions than Quinn.  And I doubt that Rauner would be intimidated by green groups and would probably use whatever power he had to fight them.  The question is how many battles would they lose to Rauner.

              Funny Stuff at

              by poopdogcomedy on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 05:39:03 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks PDC. (0+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 04:26:59 PM PDT

  •  Republished to Chicago Kossacks. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 06:15:59 PM PDT

  •  Good. Now they should create (1+ / 0-)
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    a Frederick Douglass Street.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 10:28:34 PM PDT

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