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Measure Introed for IL-Sponsored Buildings

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The IL Capitol building would be off-limits to naming rights (KWMU photo)

By AP/KWMU

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois' House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed legislation Wednesday that sets the stage for corporate sponsorship of state buildings and events.

The measure isn't so much an allowance of sponsorship as it is a list of which buildings can't get naming rights. Presidential birthplaces, the state capitol building in Springfield, and national historic sites are among those listed as off limits.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich first pitched the sponsorship idea as a way to raise money. Madigan calls the idea 'innovative' but adds he knows of no Illinoisan who wants signage affixed to a Lincoln site. One idea might be to let Ford, for example, put logos on state-owned cars.

To read the measure as it was introduced Wednesday, click here.

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