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Illinois Gov. Quinn Discusses Bridge Name

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Workers raise a new conduit into position on the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River in December, 2012. (Photo via MoDOT)

Workers raise a new conduit into position on the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River in December, 2012. (Photo via MoDOT)

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - What’s in a name? A lot when it comes to the naming of a new bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

Illinois and Missouri are in disagreement over naming an almost completed bridge that will carry I-70. Earlier this month, the Illinois House passed a joint resolution to name the span the Veterans Memorial Bridge. But lawmakers in Missouri insist it should bear the name of late St. Louis Cardinals star Stan “The Man” Musial – the Stan Span, for short.

“I haven’t talked to Gov. (Jay) Nixon about it yet. I look forward to doing that,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. “I personally feel that the bridge should be honoring our veterans and so I think we need to sit down and talk about that.”

Pressed on the issue, Quinn says he “was a big fan” of Musial and heard his 3,000th hit because Quinn was sick and didn’t attend school that day. Quinn suggested combining the names – Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge – saying it was something “we could live with.”

Some suggest that it may take just as long to agree on a name as it took to agree on financing and build the bridge. For now, as work continues to complete the bridge, it remains nameless.

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