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Record #: O2019-9404   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 12/18/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Transportation and Public Way
Final action: 1/15/2020
Title: Honorary street designation as "Honorary Michael W. Gonzalez Way"
Sponsors: Sigcho-Lopez, Byron
Topic: STREETS - Honorary Designations
Attachments: 1. O2019-9404.pdf
Michael W. Gonzalez Honorary Street Sign

WHEREAS, Michael W. Gonzalez was co-founder ofthe largest Chicago-based engineering firm;
WHEREAS, Mr. Gonzalez grew up in Pilsen and remained committed to the well-being of his community; and,
WHEREAS, Mr. Gonzalez was a dedicated and loyal husband to Leticia; a loving father to his daughter, Giselle; a devoted son, brother, uncle, and cousin to his extended family; and,
WHEREAS, Mr. Gonzalez advocated for Latinos to build and maintain a significant presence and participation in the construction industry as Chair ofthe Board ofthe Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA); and,
WHEREAS, Mr. Gonzalez graduated with honors from St. Ignatius High School and received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and,
WHEREAS, Mr. Gonzalez co-founded the nonpartisan Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation, served for many years as its Vice President, and worked tirelessly to promote higher education opportunities for Latino students through the Foundation's scholarship program; and,
WHEREAS, Mr. Gonzalez showed extraordinary courage and optimism in dealing with his terminal illness; and,
WHEREAS, Mr. Gonzalez will eternally be remembered for all he did on behalf of his family, community and heritage;
Section 1. Pursuant to Section 2-8-040 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, which allows erection of honorary street name designations, the Commissioner ofthe Chicago Department of Transportation shall take the necessary action for standardization of South May Street from West Cullerton Street and West 21st Street as "Honorary Michael W. Gonzalez Way."

Alderman, Ward ^6
Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect upon its passage and publication.

Michael W Gonzalez
October 05,1955 - July 08, 2019

Michael W. Gonzalez (class of 1973) was born in Chicago, the third sibling (of four) to Mexic...

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