Former Chicago Alderman Bernard Stone died early this morning at Skokie Hospital at age 87.
Stone, who served nearly four decades representing Chicago’s 50th Ward, is perhaps best known for ordering city officials to erect a three-block long, two-and-a-half foot high barrier down the center of Howard Street.
The barrier, erected in 1992, was designed to block traffic from the planned shopping center in Evanston’s Howard-Hartrey TIF district that now houses Target, Jewel-Osco and other stores.
Evanston won a lawsuit challenging the barrier, and it was removed in 1994.
First elected to the City Council in 1973, Stone served until 2011, when he was defeated by the current alderman, Debra Silverstein.
Photo above from a 2011 Chicago History Museum oral history project interview with Stone.