CHICAGO — The Tri-State Tollway would be renamed for former President Barack Obama under a bill pending in the Illinois General Assembly.
The measure was authored by State Rep. Robert Martwick (D-Jefferson Park).
The tollway connects Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin — all states Obama won in 2008 to reach the White House, Martwick said, crediting Patrick Steffes, a former campaign aide, with coming up with the idea.
A separate bill would declare the former president's birthday — Aug. 4 — a state holiday.
The Obama Foundation did not immediately return a message seeking a response.