Changing lanes: man petitions to rename Avenue of the Cities


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Posted Online: April 17, 2013, 11:04 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
A friend and fan of former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans wants to rename a street — preferably Avenue of the Cities — after the legislator who represented the Quad-Cities in Congress for 24 years.

Donald Lind is circulating petitions asking for a local street to be named, or renamed, for Mr. Evans. He approached the Moline City Council on Tuesday with the request, and plans to approach Rock Island, East Moline and other cities, too.

His ultimate goal is to get the 6.4-mile stretch of Avenue of the Cities in Moline, East Moline and Silvis renamed "Lane Evans Avenue."

"He traveled from the Quad-Cities to Washington, D.C., for 24 years. That is a lot of miles he traveled for our community," Mr. Lind said Wednesday, adding Mr. Lane's efforts retained Rock Island Arsenal jobs, helped veterans and moved the Quad-Cities forward in many ways.

"For the years of service he has given to the Quad-Cities, he should have a long road named after him," Mr. Lind said. "Avenue of the Cities is a long stretch, but he went a lot of miles for us."

If not Avenue of the Cities, another road would be fine, Mr. Lind said, suggesting the streets in front of Rock Island's Alleman High School or Augustana College — both places from which Mr. Evans graduated.

Mr. Evans was first elected to the 17th Congressional District seat on Nov. 3, 1982. The Democrat served 12 terms, announcing in 2006 he would not seek re-election because he needed to focus on his struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Lind wants as many petition signatures as possible, and he has sent or faxed a copy of the petition cover page to President Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, and the Illinois House and Senate, he said.

Mr. Lind saidhe approached Moline first because a medical campus is under construction on 41st Street, and new roads will be built, offering an opportunity to name one after Mr. Evans.

Mayor Don Welvaert said on Wednesday he will do some research and talk to aldermen to see how they feel about Mr. Lind's request.

Mayor Welvaert said that in the past, thecity has avoided naming streets after a person or company. "That does not necessarily mean we have a set policy on it or it is something we don't do," he said.

Mayor Welvaert said it is not his intention to rename Avenue of the Cities because that name was adopted by Moline, East Moline and Silvis to tie the cities together.

"Lane is a great guy and was a great congressman. There could be a better fitting thing to name after him, to give him tribute," Mayor Welvaert said, adding parks and other facilities could be considered.



To sign the petition

The electronic petition to rename Avenue of the Cities to Lane Evans Avenue can be found on Facebook by searching Donald Lind.

To contact Mr. Lind, send an email to donaldlind@ymail.com.












 



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