Section of I-55 to be named after former President Obama

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
File photo of President Barack Obama speaking about the situation in Ukraine, Friday, July 18, 2014, at White House in Washington.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- The Illinois General Assembly has voted to name a portion of Interstate 55 after a former president.

A joint resolution passed the General Assembly to designate about an 80-mile section of I-55 between the I-294 Tristate Expressway and mile marker 202 near Pontiac, Illinois as the Barack Obama Presidential Expressway.

Illinois lawmakers previously voted to make President Obama's birthday, August 4, an honorary holiday.