Illinoisans are stubborn and cautious and we don’t like change. Witness the Cubs, Bears and Cardinals. Our “big brothers” are Chicagoans and not they or we are going to start calling the Sears Tower the “Willis Tower.”
Eric Zorn in the ChicagoTribune.com has posted an article “Willis we always call it the Sears Tower? No, we won’t-is” in which he says that ultimately no matter how big the change we will always come around and call some thing by its new name.
Zorn uses as examples the reluctance to start calling Comiskey Park U.S. Cellular Field and the Rosemont Horizon the Allstate Arena and Marshall Field’s Macy’s.
The iconic Sears Tower has been a Chicago “must see” for as long as I can remember and remember the thrill I had when I was there.
If you don’t know much about the Sears Tower I’ve linked to their homepage.
The Sears Tower is the tallest building in North America and the third tallest in the world.
The attraction most people come to see is the sky deck. It stands at 1,353 feet tall (412 meters) and it allows a person to see 40-50 miles and gives them a wonderful view of Chicago.
Additionally there are museums as well as activities for children.
However, let’s go back to the citizens of my fine state of Illinois.
Mr. Zorn’s opinion not withstanding and perhaps even a lack in occasional determination of resisting change, I think we will not start calling the Sears Tower Willis Tower.
It was unnecessary for the holding group to make the change as part of their leasing deal and then maintain that it was progressive. The statement the group made was arrogant.
However I think Illinoisans have increased in their stubbornness.
All you have to do is look at former governor Rod Bagojevich who remained in office despite overwhelming proof of illegality in his administration and in fact now has decided to try and make an income on it.
Not satisfied with him? Consider Roland Burris. When Bagojevich was under suspicion and soon to be impeached it was suggested that he certainly would not go ahead and nominate someone for Obama’s empty congressional seat and, if he did that person would have more class than to take it.
Well Bagojevich did appoint Roland Burris who not only was gaudy enough to take it but arrogant enough to go to Washington D.C. and take on the Government.
So, will Illinoisans and Chicagoans call the Sears Tower the Willis Tower? No, I don’t think we will.
Look at Burris and Bagojevich. I think they’ve helped show us how to stick to our guns.