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City Council to Vote on Congress Parkway Name Change for Ida B. Wells

A proposal to rename a section of Congress Parkway in the Loop to honor African American journalist and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells is expected to pass the City Council on Wednesday. If approved, the area of Congress Parkway from Grant Park to the Jane Byrne interchange would be renamed for Wells. The proposal passed the transportation committee last week. The initial proposal to honor Wells was to rename Balbo Avenue after her, but some Italian American groups opposed it, despite Italo Balbo being an actual fascist who served as right-hand man to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. (WGN9)

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