Verschoore Measure Would Name I-74 Bridge in Honor of Lane Evans

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, is sponsoring legislation to name a new bridge on Interstate 74 in honor of the late U.S. Rep Lane Evans and his nearly 25 years of service to the Quad-Cities.

“Lane Evans served with great integrity and cared deeply for the well-being of his fellow veterans and the residents of northwest and central Illinois,” Verschoore said. “As our congressman, Evans fought hard to improve the lives of so many working people in our region and advocated for the safety and security of our veterans. It’s fitting that we name a major landmark after him in honor of his years of service.”

Verschoore is sponsoring House Joint Resolution 31, which designates a new bridge on Interstate 74 that lies between Moline and Bettendorf as the Representative Lane Evans Memorial Bridge.

Evans served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1977. He then served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1982 to 2006. As a ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Evans led efforts to increase funding for veteran assistance programs and was one of the first to advocate for veterans of the Vietnam War who were exposed to Agent Orange and helped them to receive compensation for their exposure to chemical agents. Evans died on November 5, 2014 at the age of 63 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“It’s an honor to bring this measure to the House of Representatives in memory of a true public servant from our area,” Verschoore said. “Naming this new bridge after Lane Evans will ensure that his legacy lives on in the Quad-Cities.”

House Joint Resolution 31 will be heard by the House Transportation Regulation, Roads and Bridges Committee before heading to the full House for consideration.