Post presidential accolades are nothing new for American presidents. Some are recognized more than others. Former President Barrack Obama is set to receive an honor in the state he served as both a state and US senator.
According to media reports, the Illinois State Senate voted in favor a resolution passed by the House last week to designate the stretch of I-55 from the Tri-State Tollway south to mile marker 202 near Pontiac as the “Barack Obama Presidential Expressway.”
State Rep. LaShawn Ford introduced the legislation in February to honor the former president, who calls Chicago’s South Side home and served as an Illinois state senator before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004.
“We can imagine that then state Senator Obama made many trips between Springfield and Chicago on Interstate 55, so it is very fitting that we rename Interstate 55 as the Barack Obama Expressway,” Ford said at the time.
The stretch of road is currently named after Adlai Stevenson, the late Illinois governor and two-time presidential candidate.
Reactions to the road name change have been mixed in the area. Some believe it is a fitting honor for the nation’s 44th president while others believe the funds to be used on new signage could better used elsewhere in the state budget.
Source: Lawmakers Rename Part of I-55 for Former President Obama | NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/barack-obama-expressway-illinois-432565723.html?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_lw#ixzz4mFE6AFvV
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