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With Hendry out, Park Ridge wants ‘Jim Hendry Way’ gone too

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Honorary Jim Hendry Way signs remain on traffic signal poles in Park Ridge a week after Hendry was fired from his position as general manager of the Chicago Cubs. The city is asking IDOT to remove the signs. | Jennifer Johnson~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 16, 2011 1:25AM

When honorary “Jim Hendry Way” signs suddenly appeared on Park Ridge traffic signal poles three years ago, city officials had little say in the matter.

But now that Hendry, a Park Ridge resident, has been fired as general manager of the Cubs, the city’s mayor thinks it is time for the signs to meet a similar end.

Mayor David Schmidt sent a letter this week to the Illinois Department of Transportaion, asking for the signs to be taken down.

“We never wanted them up in the first place,” Schmidt said. “The state controls that roadway and (former Illinois governor Rod) Blagojevich wanted the signs to go up. But now that Blagojevich is gone and so is Hendry — at least from the Cubs — it seems like this would be a good time to ask for (the signs) to be removed.”

The rectangular, brown signs, posted on traffic signal poles at several points in town, were installed by IDOT crews in December 2008 under an executive order from then-governor Blagojevich.

At the time, city officials were surprised by the appearance of the signs, claiming they were never informed of the governor’s order. The Park Ridge City Council banned honorary street signs shortly after the signs were installed, but the ban had been under review for several weeks prior.

Schmidt said the city has not received a response from IDOT.

Hendry was fired Aug. 19 as general manager of the Chicago Cubs after nine years at the helm and 17 years with the team.

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