President Bush has signed legislation to create an Abraham Lincoln
National Heritage Area.
Last week, the House approved the measure after it passed the Senate as part of a bill involving the nation's public lands.
The Lincoln heritage area would be spread out over the many
Illinois counties where the former president spent his pre-White
The provision was co-sponsored by Illinois's Democratic Senator
Dick Durbin and Republican Congressman Ray LaHood.
The legislation calls for up to $15 million in federal money
over 15 years. The money will be used to fund grants to help keep
alive the story of Lincoln through the heritage area, which will
include 42 central Illinois counties.