PEORIA, Ill. – A portion of Interstate 74 could soon be known as Ray LaHood Highway.
On Wednesday, State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth introduced legislation to name I-74, from the Murray Baker Bridge to the Sterling Avenue exit, after former Congressman and current United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
While serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, LaHood helped secure funding to improve I-74.
“Peoria has been privileged to have a statesman, strong advocate, and dedicated leader in Ray LaHood,” said Gordon-Booth. “He has always put the needs of the Peoria community over political divisions and worked diligently on behalf of its residents. Renaming Interstate 74 in his honor is a small but meaningful way to thank Secretary LaHood for his tireless work.”
LaHood is a life-long Peoria resident and graduated from Bradley University before beginning his career in politics.
He is set to retire as Transportation secretary in the coming months. An exact retirement date has yet to be set.