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Pols want to go extra miles for Pulaski

 

By Erin Meyer, Chicago Tribune reporter

Two lawmakers of Polish ancestry took advantage of the Casimir Pulaski holiday Monday to issue a familiar call:

The north-south street known as Pulaski Road should carry that name for its entire length, "including those stretches currently named Crawford Avenue."

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, a Democrat from Western Springs, and state Rep. Michael Zalewski, D-Riverside, urged passage of a state resolution to honor Polish-born Revolutionary War hero Pulaski on the road that runs from the far south suburbs all the way north to Wilmette.

"As a proud Polish-American, I believe the entirety of Pulaski Road should bear his name, in recognition of his bravery in combat, his love of liberty, and his contribution to the founding of our country," Lipinski said in a news release issued Monday.

Zalewski, who plans to present a resolution in the Illinois House supporting such a move, said, "Gen. Pulaski's bravery and heroism should be honored by all Illinois cities, towns, and villages and I look forward to presenting this resolution to the Illinois House in the coming weeks."

Chicago jumped on the bandwagon in the 1930s. Crawford Avenue, named after early pioneer and real estate speculator Peter Crawford, was changed to honor Pulaski within the city limits. It eventually became Pulaski Road in some suburbs, too, but Crawford Avenue remains in other stretches, including in Skokie and Evanston.