Illinois lawmaker offers compromise on name of new Mississippi R -

Illinois lawmaker offers compromise on name of new Mississippi River bridge

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

(KMOV) – An Illinois lawmaker has introduced a bill that would name the new Mississippi River bridge after Cardinals great Stan Musial while also offering a salute to military veterans.

Under the bill proposed by Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), the bridge would be named the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The bill could provide a compromise between lawmakers from Missouri and Illinois who have debated over the name of the bridge that will carry Interstate 70 over the Mississippi River.

Missouri lawmakers have voted to name bridge for the late St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial and part of a highway for construction worker Andy Gammon, who died building the bridge. The U.S. Senate in March unanimously approved its own legislation to name the bridge after Musial.

But the Illinois House favors calling the span over the Mississippi the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Both Illinois senators support naming it after Musial.

The Missouri legislation also would name an existing bridge in St. Louis for former Congressman William L. Clay, who won the first of 16 U.S. House terms in 1968.

The bridge is expected to be finished in 2014.


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