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New Law Bars Politicians From Putting Their Names On State Signs

HILLSIDE, Ill. (AP) – A new state law erases the possibility that attention-seeking politicians will put their names on taxpayer-financed signs.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday that prohibits elected officials from putting their names on state road signs, billboards or electronic signs. The legislation beefs up language in existing law prohibiting officials from using their names and likenesses to promote state programs. It takes effect immediately.

The measure was inspired by Quinn's predecessor -- ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was known for plastering his moniker on Illinois Tollway signs.

One of Quinn's first acts as governor in 2009 was to dispatch crews to take down or cover up Blagojevich's name on dozens of signs. It was shortly after Blagojevich was impeached and kicked out of office on corruption charges.

Each cost about $15,000 to change.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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