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In an extended session of Wagnerian length, the feckless Commission on Chicago Landmarks followed the script handed them by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to its farcical letter. First they voted unanimously to grant Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Hospital preliminary designation. Then, except for Commissioner Christopher Reed, they completely reversed themselves and voted to 7 to 1 to rescind the preliminary designation and destroy the world-acclaimed building. Afterwhich they congratulated themselves on what a good job they did, and everyone went home . Or to the nearest bar.
My 10 year old son was born at Prentice. When I told him about the Landmark Commission's de facto ruling, he said: "Oh man, I cannot believe they are tearing it down."
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