Onesti regroups on pride banners at Arrigo Park

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Ron Onesti has honored the city of Chicago’s request to take down the Italian-American Pride banners that had surrounded the base of the Christopher Columbus statue in Arrigo Park since last fall. Onesti installed them without a permit after the statue was removed by the city in the wake of civil unrest this summer. “They were beautifying the site for months, and thousands of people enjoyed them, but we’re law-abiding citizens, and the city was well within its rights to request their removal,” says Onesti, who spearheaded and paid for the banners personally before his election as JCCIA president. “We’re negotiating right now to have them reinstalled with the city’s blessings.”


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