Rush Introduces Bill to Name Interstate 57 "Barack Obama Highway"

Sep 26, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced H.R. 6906, legislation which would designate the portion of Interstate Route 57 (I-57) located in Illinois as “Barack Obama Highway.”

I-57 is an interstate highway in Missouri and Illinois that, at a length of 386 miles, is the second longest two-digit Interstate Highway without an auxiliary route.  I-57 remains the only expressway that transits the Chicagoland area that does not have a commonly used name.

“Renaming a portion of I-57 will be a constant reminder of the legacy of President Barack Obama who started his historic political career in Illinois and was elected to the highest office in the land from our great state.  This major interstate artery, which connects commuters, students, and tourists will serve as a powerful symbol of the connection President Obama not only had with the country but with the state he adopted as his own,” said Rush.