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Record #: SR2017-124   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 2/22/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Joint Committee: Finance; Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards
Final action: 11/8/2017
Title: Call for hearing(s) to consider recommendation to include Camp Douglas on list of National Register of Historic Places
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., King, Sophia D.
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Joint Committee - Finance and Zoning, Landmarks & Building Standards
Attachments: 1. R2017-124.pdf, 2. SR2017-124.pdf

CHICAGO November 8. 2017

To the President and Members of the City Council:

Your Joint Committee on Finance and Zoning, Landmarks & Building Standards having had under consideration

A substitute resolution requesting that the Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development and representatives from the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation appear before the Joint Committee on Finance and Committee on Zoning, Landmarks & Building Standards to support the listing of Camp Douglas on the National Register of Historic Places.


Having had the same under advisement, begs leave to report and recommend that your Honorable Body pass the proposed Substitute Ordinance Transmitted Herewith

This recommendation was concurred in by
of members of the committee with

Respectfully submitted


WHEREAS, the City of Chicago was one of the largest producers of manpower, material, transportation, and food for the Union war effort during the Civil War; and

WHEREAS, Camp Douglas, named after Illinois Governor Stephen A. Douglas whose estate provided property for the site, opened in 1861 as a training camp for the Union Army during the Civil War; and

WHEREAS, Camp Douglas was the largest military installation in Illinois during the Civil War and the main presence of the Civil War in Chicago; and

WHEREAS, Chicago's role as a transportation hub made Camp Douglas the ideal location to train and move young men to the front lines of battles by way of the Illinois Central Railroad, the longest railroad in the world at the time; and

WHEREAS, the former site of Camp Douglas was located within the City's Bronzeville neighborhood and extended from Cottage Grove west to Giles Avenue and from 31st Street south to 33rd Place; and

WHEREAS, over 40,000 Union troops were trained at Camp Douglas during the Civil War, including some of the first African American Union soldiers; and

WHEREAS, after the Union victory at Fort Donelson, Tennessee...

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