Quinn suggests combining the two proposed names to give everyone something they can like. (Pat Hensch/flickr)
By Jim Anderson
CHICAGO - 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.