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Drive On A National Monument? That's One Group's Goal

Thousands of people drive highway 38 through northern Illinois every day. They might not realize they are part of something bigger: a century-old road stretching coast to coast. The Lincoln Highway was the first to do that.

Kay Shelton is a DeKalb resident and national president of the Lincoln Highway Association. She says the group wants people to sign a petition asking President Obama to designate the highway as a national monument…all 3400 miles of it. She says "tell all your friends and tell your relatives they don't have to be from this area to sign it. Everyone I know appreciates President Lincoln and the original purpose was as a memorial to him, and he deserves it.”

Shelton says as a national monument, the highway would become more of a tourist destination and get promoted by the National Park Service. She says the designation would NOT affect anyone’s property rights.

The goal is to reach 100-thousand signatures on the petition at change.org.

Susan is an award-winning reporter/writer at her favorite radio station. She's also WNIJ's Perspectives editor, Under Rocks contributor, and local host of All Things Considered.
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