Missouri, Illinois lawmaker disagree on new Mississippi River bridge name

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 11:35 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Illinois lawmakers turned their backs on the wave of support to name the new Mississippi River Bridge after Stan “The Man” Musial. 

Instead the Illinois House unanimously voted this week in favor of a resolution to dub the Interstate 70 span the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

State Rep. Jay Hoffman of Belleville says he admired Musial but he also made a promise to veterans groups about naming the bridge after veterans.

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But Missouri lawmakers and key members of Congress from both states think the bridge should bear the name of late St. Louis Cardinals icon Stan “The Man” Musial.

Musial, a seven-time batting champion and three-time MVP, died in January at the age of 92. The Hall of Famer and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient also served in the Navy in World War II.

Any name for the bridge will likely need approval from both Missouri and Illinois. 

 

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