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Record #: O2021-1878   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 5/26/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Transportation and Public Way
Final action: 6/25/2021
Title: Honorary street designation as "Sister Patty Fillenwarth Way"
Sponsors: Maldonado, Roberto
Topic: STREETS - Honorary Designations
Attachments: 1. O2021-1878.pdf
COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WAY


ORDINANCE



BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to an ordinance heretofore passed by the City Council, which allows the erection of honorary street name signs, the Commissioner of Transportation shall take the necessary action to designate the 1400 and 1500 blocks of North Monticello Avenue as "Sister Patty Fillenwarth Way."
Roberto Maldonado Alderman, 26th Ward
SEVTION 2. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect upon passage and publication.
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Sister Patty Fillenwarth Bio



Sister Patricia Fillenwarth had been a fixture in the Humboldt Park community for 37 years. Everyone in the community knew her as Sister Patty. For 24 years, she had been the Director of Providence Family Services at 1540 N. Monticello Avenue in Chicago. Before that, she spent 15 years as a teacher and then principal of Maternity Blessed Virgin Mary elementary school. She also taught in schools in Indiana and Washington DC. In 1971, Sister Patty went to Peru, South America and ministered there for six years. That's were she learned to speak Spanish.

Sister Patty loved teaching. She enjoyed challenging her students in math and geography. She believed that teaching children the correct ways of speaking and writing were essential skills the children would need in high school and later in life. At times, when the nation celebrated important events in American history, Sister Patty would make certain the children knew the significance of those days.

As principal, she talked with many parents of children in the school. Many of them had concerns about their children and wondered how they could have a more positive influence for their child's experience of learning. Sister Patty came to believe that a family counseling center in the neighborhood could provide the parents with the help they were seeking. At the time, there were few bilingual social service agencies in the area and all were unafford...

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