Burgess honor moves forward

Burgess honor moves forward

Latest: 4:15 pm, 12/9/14, Tuesday CHAMPAIGN -- The post office on Green Street is one signature away from being renamed the "James R. Burgess, Jr." Post Office.
Latest: 4:15 pm, 12/9/14, Tuesday
CHAMPAIGN -- The post office on Green Street is one signature away from being renamed the "James R. Burgess, Jr." Post Office. The needed signature belongs to President Obama. Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bill giving it Congressional approval.

Burgess served more than 20-years in the Army. He graduated from UI and was elected Champaign County State's Attorney in 1982.
Latest: 10:06 pm, 6/18/14, Wednesday
CHAMPAIGN -- An Urbana family is thrilled with the news their grandfather is about to be honored. The post office on Green Street will soon be named after James Burgess, Jr. He was the first black district attorney in Champaign County. He died in 1997.

The U.S. House approved the new name Tuesday. It now awaits the president's signature. Burgess' granddaughter, Mariah, says her grandpa would be humbled by the recognition. Mariah's father, Steve, was the man who spearheaded the movement for the name change. He passed away two months ago.
Update: 10:08 pm, 6/17/14, Tuesday
CHAMPAIGN -- A Champaign County pioneer is about to be honored. The post office on Green Street will soon be named in honor of James Burgess, Jr. He was the first black district attorney in Champaign County. He died in 1997.

Tuesday, the U.S. House approved the new name. The bill already passed the Senate. Now, the president's signature will make it official.
Original: 6:17 pm, 6/16/14, Monday
CHAMPAIGN -- The bill to rename the post office on Green Street will be voted on Tuesday. The resolution aims to rename the facility to honor Illinois' first African-American state's attorney, James Burgess, Jr. The U.S. Senate passed it. Now it's in the House. If it passes, it will be sent to the president's desk.
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