Why Is Our Township Named Proviso? Hint: It Has To Do With Slavery

Saturday, April 6, 2019 || By Curiosities of Forest Park/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

Featured image: David Wilmot, the man who would eventually help give Proviso Township its name. | Scanned by Bob Burkhardt – Carl Schurz, Life of Henry Clay, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1899, Vol. 2, facing p. 286

The story of the name’s origin goes back to the 1840’s when a Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, David Wilmot, proposed a ban on slavery in any state acquired during the Mexican-American War.

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Tribune Maps Deteriorating Proviso Area Bridges

Friday, February 15, 2019 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Featured image: The bridge at 9th Avenue over I-290 in Maywood. | File

The Chicago Tribune recently reviewed Illinois Department of Transportation data showing that “400 out of 3,460 bridges in the six-county Chicago metro area are considered ‘structurally deficient,’ meaning they are in need of repair or possibly replacement. That’s nearly 12 percent.”

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