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The move to name I-55 after Obama passes key step

Obama says farewell: Yes we did, Yes we can

Former president Barack Obama gave a farewell speech to White House staff, supporters and members of the military at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after the inauguration ceremony for President Donald Trump.
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Former president Barack Obama gave a farewell speech to White House staff, supporters and members of the military at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after the inauguration ceremony for President Donald Trump.

A joint resolution in the Illinois House that would name Interstate 55 after former President Barack Obama took the next step to becoming reality.

On Tuesday, the Regulation, Roads and Bridges Committee approved the bill that would name I-55 the Barack Obama Presidential Expressway from East St. Louis to the tristate tollway near Chicago.

The bill bassed the committee by a vote of 6-5 with Democrats approving and Republicans opposing. It has been placed on the calendar order of resolutions.

The move comes just a week after Illinois lawmakers declined to make the 44th president’s birthday a state holiday. That bill, HB503, fell six votes short.

In his last weekly address of 2016, President Obama thanks Americans for the progress that's been made over the last eight years, from protecting the planet to marriage equality. He calls for all Americans to come together in order to continue mov

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