Tag Archives: Arrigo Park

JCCIA files suit to restore statue to Arrigo Park

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans has filed a complaint in the Chancery Court of Cook County against the Chicago Park District in an effort to return the Columbus statue to its original location in Arrigo Park. “On July 24, 2020, it is believed that Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered the removal of the city’s three Columbus statues, claiming it as a safety measure during protests and civil unrest,” the JCCIA noted in a press release. “It was to be ‘temporary,’ and the JCCIA’s position is that a year is long enough.” “We have reached out to the park district …

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Onesti regroups on pride banners at Arrigo Park

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 …

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