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Irv Kupcinet statue not missing; just removed for repairs

Despite rumors swirling Friday morning that the “disappearance” of the city’s Irv Kupcinet statue had more sinister origins, a city official confirmed it’s just out for repairs.

The bronze statue of the former Sun-Times columnist — which usually stands near the intersection of Wabash and Wacker — was removed Saturday after its base was damaged by unknown causes, city Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events spokesman Mary May said Friday.

“The damaged base was causing the statue to wobble, and repairs will include strengthening and recladding the base,” May said. “The repairs are being done in consultation with the original artist, and will take up to three months to complete.​”

Various media reports had suggested the statue had been stolen and police were investigating, but police said they were not investigating the statue or its reported disappearance.

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