CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the Chicago City Council plan to discuss a measure that would officially oppose naming a federal building in Washington after crime fighter Eliot Ness.
Nearly six decades after his death, Ness is still so admired that Illinois’ two U.S. senators support the idea. But Chicago Alderman Ed Burke wants the senators to drop it.
Burke has called Ness and his role in capturing gangster Al Capone a “Hollywood myth.” Burke says honoring the Prohibition lawman would be disservice to others.
The city council’s Committee on Public Safety will consider the proposal on Friday. Under the proposal, Ness’ name would go on the headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.