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Effort in Illinois would honor Adlai Stevenson

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By Sean Crawford, IL Public Radio

Springfield, Ill. – There's an effort underway to honor a former Illinois Governor who was twice nominated for President.

Adlai Stevenson II lost both elections for the nation's top office to Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950's.

Despite his rise to the top of the political ladder, many younger people are unaware of his accomplishments.

A group of elementary school students in Stevenson's hometown of Bloomington set out to change that. The students researched Stevenson's life and even produced a DVD.

Their local state representative Dan Brady plans to take it a step further; he's introduced a measure that would create Adlai Stevenson day in Illinois.

"Quite frankly I was extremely impressed with the amount of work those students had put forth," Brady said. "It was surprising that something to this degree had not been accomplished before. But I guess it's a reminder of here today, gone the next."

The legislation still needs approval from lawmakers and the Governor.

The legislation would make Feb. 5 (Stevenson's birthday) a state holiday. The next day, Feb. 6, is already Ronald Reagan Day. That was Reagan's birthday; he's the only President ever born in Illinois.

Stevenson was raised in Bloomington and was buried there after his death in 1965.

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