CHICAGO — Chicago mayoral candidate Bill Daley wants to rename the Dan Ryan Expy. for former President Barack Obama — and that isn't sitting well with the Ryan family.
Daley served as Obama's chief of staff in 2011.
Even though a section of I-55 was recently named for Obama, Daley said in a statement this week: "Barack Obama is from Chicago. He owns a home here. This is where the Obama library is based. I’d like to see the legislature act on this early next year.”
Dan Ryan was Cook County president until his death in 1961, serving as a right hand to then Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. Ryan's grandson, Dan Ryan III, helped cut the ribbon as the road was named for his grandfather in 1962.
Dan Ryan III said the Ryan and Daley families were political powerhouses and Bridgeport buddies — and that his family is upset by Bill Daley's plan.
Bill Daley said: "Renaming the highway for President Obama will be a daily reminder for all of us that America’s first African-American President was shaped by Chicago. We were part of history."
A stretch of the 134 Freeway in California was recently renamed after the president.