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Illinois Interstate Will Become 'Reagan Highway'


Springfield, Ill. – Part of Interstate 88 in northern Illinois will be re-named for President Ronald Reagan.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued an executive order Tuesday, renaming the part of the highway managed by the state Transportation Department in honor of Reagan, who died over the weekend. It will be called the "Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway."

There's also a portion of I-88 that's a tollway and is managed by the Illinois Toll Highway Authority. The governor has asked that body to name its part of I-88 for Reagan as well.

I-88 runs through the part of the state where Reagan lived until he was 21. Reagan was born in Tampico, Ill. and grew up in Dixon.


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