The Sun-Times has a nice article marking the anniversary of Mayor Harold Washington’s passing, twenty-five years ago today.
Mayor Washington died the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. On Friday, he lay in state in City Hall. The lines waiting to see him in the gusty raw November days stretched around the block on LaSalle, Randolph, Clark and Washington. News reports estimated that over 125,000 people filed through the lobby of City Hall between Friday and Sunday evening.
His friend and colleague, Judge Timothy Evans, said that Mayor Washington wondered how he would be remembered. “I think he’d be thrilled to know that people remember him in commitments to education — Harold Washington College; he was always committed to education as being the path to improvement in every community,” said Evans.
Two weeks after Mayor Washington’s passing, the City Council voted to change the name of Loop College to Harold Washington College. Loop College was founded in 1962 at 60 E. Lake Street, one block over from our current location at 30 E. Lake. In this, our 50th year, we mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of a great Chicago Mayor, Harold Washington.