Illinois Rep. Rush introduced bill to rename highway in honor of Barack Obama

September 26, 2018 GMT

Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush introduced legislation on Wednesday that would rename part of an interstate highway after former President Barack Obama.

“Renaming a portion of I-57 will be a constant reminder of the legacy of President Barack Obama who started his historic political career in Illinois and was elected to the highest office in the land from our great state,” said Mr. Rush, whose First Congressional District includes parts of Chicago.

According to a press release from Mr. Rush’s office, I-57 is the only Chicago-area highway that doesn’t have a nickname.

Mr. Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate representing Illinois in 2004 and was elected the 44th president of the United States four years later.