Tribute marks anniversary of Harold Washington election

April 12, 2013 4:07:04 PM PDT
A month-long tribute kicked off Friday to honor Chicago's late mayor, Harold Washington.

Friday marked the 30th anniversary that Washington was elected to office, becoming the city's first African-American mayor.

He died in November of 1987, shortly after winning his second term.

Earlier Friday at a news conference announcing the tribute, Illinois lawmakers released statements calling Washington a pioneer.

"Governor Pat Quinn on reflecting on Harold Washington said, 'Harold Washington will be remembered as a giant in the history of America's big city mayors,'" said Debrah Prabal. "Not content to be a trail blazer, he was transformational; profoundly changing the way Chicago governs itself."

The city council has declared April 15th Harold Washington day in the city.

Also going on at this hour is a commemorative reception at the Marmom Grand Hotel.

A closing celebration will be held April 29.