Cook County commissioner had split loyalties during Stanley Cup hockey finals

2013-08-05T22:00:00Z Cook County commissioner had split loyalties during Stanley Cup hockey finalsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 05, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

CHICAGO | For Cook County Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy, D-Crestwood, this year's Stanley Cup hockey championship finals were a personal conflict.

Murphy has lived for 50 years in the Chicago area. But she's "Boston Southie" by birth and her relatives across New England were eagerly rooting for their beloved Boston Bruins to beat the Blackhawks.

"They were burning up the (telephone) wires each night, telling me to root for the Bruins," she said. "I felt that whichever one won, I'd be a winner."

It wound up being a Blackhawks victory, and the Cook County Board on Wednesday presented a resolution praising the Blackhawks championship to team President and CEO John McDonough, while County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, R-Elmwood Park, reminded Murphy, "You may have split loyalties, but your voters are Blackhawks fans."

McDonough said the Blackhawks want to win at least one more championship in the near future, because the 2010 title was won in Philadelphia and this year's championship was won in Boston. "Our goal is to win one in the county of Cook in the city of Chicago," he said.

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