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Chicago renames street for Mass. Gov. Patrick

June 7, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has a portion of a street named after him in his hometown of Chicago.

Patrick flew back to his old neighborhood near 53rd Street and Wabash Avenue for Friday’s ceremony.

A portion of Wabash Avenue is now known as Honorary Gov. Deval Patrick Ave.

Patrick’s childhood on Chicago’s South Side has become a key element of his personal biography.

In 2011, Patrick published “A Reason to Believe,” chronicling what he called his “improbable” rise from poverty to U.S. politics.

Patrick credited his success in large part to lessons learned from his grandparents, teachers, strangers and even a Chicago bus driver who once forgave his lack of a fare.

He told schoolchildren at the ceremony that he hopes the street sign shows them anything is possible.

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