LaHood says the request coincides with the 10th Anniversary of President Reagan’s death on June 5th.
“Ronald Reagan is the only President that was born in Illinois, raised in Illinois, got his education at Eureka College, but we have nothing in the state Capitol to recognize him. And so we came up with this effort on what we can do to recognize Ronald Reagan.”
LaHood says the state Capitol already features statues for Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant who also lived in Illinois. The state senator says he and his colleagues are working with the Ronald Reagan Society at Eureka College as well as Dixon, Illinois where Reagan was born to raise about 200-thousand dollars for the effort. LaHood says no taxpayer dollars will be used for the statue.
Anyone wishing to donate for the Reagan statue should contact LaHood’s Springfield office at 217-782-1942.