Illinois’ two U.S. senators want to establish a new national park in the state – not out in the wilderness, but in Chicago. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) are co-sponsoring a bill that would create the Pullman National Historic Park out of a neighborhood first developed in 1880s by railcar manufacturer George Pullman as the country’s first so-called “company town,” and was the epicenter of the Pullman Strike in 1894 that led to the creation of Labor Day.

 

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Durbin says the area deserves the same honor as other national parks. “I love the parks you’ve described. I’ve been to Yellowstone and many of the parks you’ve described and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Durbin said, “but there’s a great value in preserving history.

Illinois doesn’t have any national parks, though the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield is run by the National Park Service.

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