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Rename The Tri-State Tollway For Barack Obama, Lawmaker Proposes

By Heather Cherone | February 10, 2017 8:48am
 President Barack Obama during his farewell speech in Chicago
President Barack Obama during his farewell speech in Chicago
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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.