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On Pulaski Day, Lipinski and Zalewski Urge Extension of Pulaski Road Designation to Encompass Entire Avenue

Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski and state Rep. Michael Zalewski urged passage of a resolution introduced in the Illinois General Assembly by Rep. Zalewski requesting that Pulaski Road be designated as such along its entire length, including those stretches currently named Crawford Avenue.

"Every March, the state of Illinois honors the heroism of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, who made the ultimate sacrifice in support of the American Revolution," Rep. Lipinski said. "As a proud Polish-American, I believe the entirety of Pulaski Road should bear his name, in recognition of his bravery in combat, his love of liberty, and his contribution to the founding of our country. This Pulaski Day, I urge the Illinois General Assembly to pass this resolution and accord Casimir Pulaski an honor he undoubtedly deserves."

"I was proud to file House Resolution 830 to honor the legacy of General Pulaski," Rep. Zalewski said. "As an elected official of Polish descent, I believe it’s important to remember the important contributions of Poles to the United States and its citizens. General Pulaski’s bravery and heroism should be honored by all Illinois cities, towns, and villages and I look forward to presenting this resolution to the Illinois House in the coming weeks."

Pulaski Road was renamed in honor of Casimir Pulaski in 1935. Yet north and south of the city of Chicago it is still known as Crawford Avenue in many areas.

In 2009, Congressman Lipinski helped pass a resolution in the House of Representatives proclaiming Casimir Pulaski to be an honorary U.S. citizen posthumously, citing his heroism in fighting on the side of the American colonists against the British in the American Revolutionary War.

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