A legendary family in Chicago, the Ryans are ‘shocked’ due to the fact a Chicago Mayoral Candidate Bill Daley wants to rename a highway named after there grandfather to Barack Obama.
So it came as a “shock and disappointment” to Daniel B. Ryan III on Friday when Bill Daley — the son of Chicago’s legendary boss — proposed removing his grandfather’s name from the highway after 56 years and renaming it in honor of former President Barack Obama.
“I’m hurt. I feel bad that he didn’t try and contact us to see what we would think,” Ryan III said. “We feel very honored to have this named after our grandfather. Why would you take an honor away from one man to honor another?”
In his quest to become the third Daley to reign on the fifth floor of City Hall, Daley issued a press release saying “Chicago expressways are named for towering figures in out history: Kennedy, Eisenhower, Stevenson,” suggesting the 11.5-mile stretch of Interstate 90/94 should instead be named for Obama.
The odd thing about this story was that Bill Daley’s father, Mayor Richard Daley was the man who named the highway after Dan Ryan.