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Former Republican Alderman Should Get Street Sign, Napolitano Says

By Heather Cherone | February 22, 2016 5:49am
 Former 41st Ward Ald. Brian Doherty
Former 41st Ward Ald. Brian Doherty
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Brian Doherty

NORWOOD PARK — A stretch of Catalpa Avenue in Norwood Park should be renamed to honor former Ald. Brian Doherty, who represented the 41st Ward for 20 years, Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st) said.

During his two decades on the City Council, Doherty — who retired in 2011 — was the lone Republican among the 50 aldermen for most of his tenure at City Hall.

Napolitano said the 7800 block of north Catalpa Avenue between Canfield and Ozanam avenues should be designated "Alderman Brian G. Doherty Wa"y under the city's honorary street sign program.

"Serving for that long is certainly an accomplishment and should be honored," Napolitano said.

The measure must be approved by the Chicago City Council, which meets next on March 16.

Doherty, who lives on the block set to be named in his honor, did not return a phone message Friday.

Doherty, who unsuccessfully ran for the Illinois State Senate after leaving the council, served as an adviser and precinct captain for Napolitano, who was endorsed by the Chicago Republican Party, during his bid for office.

Napolitano defeated former Ald. Mary O'Connor in April.

On Election Night, Doherty told DNAinfo Chicago that he felt "vindicated" by Napolitano's victory over O'Connor.

Napolitano said he planned to introduce a similar measure naming a street in honor of former Ald. Roman C. Pucinski, who represented the 41st Ward from 1973-91. He died in 2002.

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