Thu, Dec 01, 2011
Former First Lady Laid To Rest While Northerly Island
The city of Chicago at a Monday memorial service said their
goodbyes to former First Lady Maggie Daley, and while she's being
remembered for her charitable achievements and courage in the face
of breast cancer, there is at least one of her projects which has
yet to be completed - the redevelopment of Northerly Island, the
former home of Meigs Field. The job was given her by her husband,
former Mayor Richard Daley.
In contrast to the Mayor's rush to destroy the airport, the
planned makeover of the island is still dragging, as political and
economic circumstances make finding the necessary funding unlikely.
Greg Hinz said Monday that Chicago Park District CEO and
Superintendent Michael Kelly told him in a recent budget briefing
that redevelopment of the island will cost an estimated $100
million, and won't happen during the first term of current Mayor
Rahm Emanuel. That means at least until the year 2015.
Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which envisioned
sports venues on the island, lost out to Rio de Janeiro. So, for
now, the island sits largely unused, except for a temporary concert
stage, which does generate some revenue for the city. Some are
questioning why there was such a rush to bulldoze Meigs Field back
in March of 2003.
Maggie Daley passed away Thanksgiving night after a nine-year
battle with breast cancer. She was 68.
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