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Illinois wants to name an interstate after Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama greets people as he leaves Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaii, en route to Washington, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, after his annual family vacation on the island of Oahu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) U.S. President Barack Obama greets people as he leaves Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaii, en route to Washington, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, after his annual family vacation on the island of Oahu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Chicago lawmakers voted down a bill last week that would have made President Obama's birthday a state holiday.

But now they've come up with another way to honor him.

They're considering naming an interstate after him.

On Tuesday, Illinois will vote on whether to rename I-55 (from East St. Louis to Chicago) the Barack Obama Presidential Expressway. 

Obama served as a community organizer in Chicago before serving in the state House and then the U.S. Senate.

The bill proposing the interstate's renaming says since Obama's presidential library is being housed in Chicago, it's only fitting than an interstate in the state bear his name.

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