Proposal for Ronald Reagan Statute

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- A state senator has introduced a proposal to place a statute of president Ronald Reagan on the state Capitol's grounds in Springfield.

The resolution is sponsored by state Republican Sen. Darin LaHood of Dunlap. LaHood says the statue would be paid for by private funds.

LaHood also authored a letter sent to the architect of the capitol and Legislative leaders informing them of the plan.

Two presidents with Illinois roots have been honored with capitol statues -- Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant.

Reagan was born in Tampico and spent time in Chicago, Monmouth, Galesburg and Dickson before moving to California, where, after a movie career, he served two terms as governor.

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