No More Naming Names (Like Blago)

State officials may be banned from putting names on signs

Not long after former-governor Blagojevich was removed from office, the signs bearing his name along the Illinois Tollway system were covered up. Lawmakers might pass legislation to prevent another "cover-up" in the future.

A House committee voted 17-0 Tuesday to restrict state officials from putting their names on signs and billboards paid for with state money.

The plan is in response to several vocal complaints from Chicago residents.

"They were furious," said Rep. Beth Coulson (R), a sponsor of the move.

Along with construction projects, the legislation would also keep a governor's name off greeting road signs at the state's borders.

House Bill 286 now goes to the full House for further review.

Matt Bartosik, former blogger of The Chicago Traveler and editor of Off the Rocks' next issue, is the name of the game.

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