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Chicago City Sticker Replaced Over Controversy

February 08, 2012

Chicago Real Estate Forum recently wrote about the 2012-13 Chicago city sticker, designed in a contest by a Chicago high school student and chosen by the public as the favorite.

Soon after, our website received a comment from a reader who said the sticker “is filled with disciple gang signs.”

Apparently, our reader isn’t the only one who thinks so.

About 1.3 stickers with the design were set to be printed this week but now won’t be printed at all after Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza started getting phone calls from residents concerned that there are gang symbols in the design.

A blogger who covers local police news made the allegations that the picture contains symbols used by the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang, one of the city’s most violent gangs.

Mendoza met with gang experts and members of the Chicago Crime Commission and Police Department and decided on Wednesday to go instead with the runner-up sticker design, created by a student at Resurrection High School.

The theme of this year’s contest was to honor city firefighters, police and paramedics. The controversial design was created by a 15-year-old boy at a school for at-risk youth, who said he was saved by a Chicago firefighter when his clothes caught on fire at the age of four.

“Every artist has a back story and oftentimes artwork is controversial,” said Mendoza. “However, the artwork on Chicago’s city stickers should not be controversial.”

Especially the first sticker to adorn the names of the new city clerk and mayor of Chicago.

Keep your comments coming, readers! You rock!

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