Cornelius' legacy lives on in Chicago

DON BABWIN KAREN HAWKINS Associated Press Published:

CHICAGO (AP) -- To television viewers, Don Cornelius was the epitome of cool. An impeccably dressed cat whose voice was as smooth as his demeanor and who rubbed elbows with the biggest stars in music and the most promising up and comers.

That's why Chicago Alderman Walter Burnett says it was so much fun to see Cornelius let his guard down last year when his hometown gave him an honorary street sign.

He says Cornelius was "in rare form," just wanting to keep reminiscing with friends from the early "Soul Train" days.

Cornelius died at his California home Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The "Soul Train" host was 75.

While the South Side native and his show left Chicago decades ago, his legacy has lived on here.