Chicago city sticker may depict street gang signs

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza says she is looking into whether the winning design for the city’s next city sticker depicts street gang signs.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza says she is looking into whether the winning design for the city’s next city sticker depicts street gang signs.

The sticker is meant to honor city firefighters, paramedics and police. It includes the city’s skyline inside a heart, with hands pointing toward a police hat, firefighter helmet and paramedic symbol

The sticker was designed by a 15-year-old boy who attends a school for troubled youth.

Officials say the clerk’s office began receiving calls Tuesday, after a blogger identified the hands depicted on the sticker as symbols flashed by members of a street gang.

Mendoza says she is shocked by the contention, and hopes it is not true.

The city sells about 1.2 million stickers a year to be placed by buyers on their motor vehicles.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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