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Section of Interstate 70 named for Jerry Costello

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A section of Interstate 70 in southwestern Illinois has been named in honor of former Congressman Jerry Costello.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, and Costello's replacement in Congress, Democrat Bill Enyart were among those agreeing Costello was worthy of the tribute. They noted he was instrumental in the building of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge across the Mississippi River.

A sign declaring the stretch of interstate approaching the bridge the Jerry F. Costello Expressway was unveiled Friday.

Costello said that while he was honored to have the road named after him, the dedication was a gift to his family. He noted his wife and children paid a high price while he was away so often during his two-and-a-half decades in Congress.

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