Rep. Batinick & Comedian Pat McGann Come Together to Tell Governor Pritzker: “Tear Down This Sign!”

Rep. Batinick with Comedian Pat McGann by Interstate 57.

PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) and Chicago comedian Pat McGann joined together to discuss Rep. Batinick’s House Resolution 891. HR 891 calls for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to change the directional names on southbound signs on Interstate 57 from “Memphis” to Illinois cities and towns.

“Illinois is home to a world-class educational institution at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign as well as an easily-remembered geographic location in our nation, Cairo,” said Rep. Batinick. “We stand behind the idea that Interstate 57 in Illinois should direct people to places that Interstate 57 actually goes to in Illinois. From Effingham to Champaign to Chicago, we say: Governor Pritzker, tear down this sign!”

“There must be something else worth mentioning between here & Memphis. The sign is very misleading and makes me feel bad for people trying to get to Graceland,” said McGann.

HR 891 urges IDOT to change these directional names on southbound Interstate 57 signs reading “Memphis.” The resolution also urges negotiations to start at once if any are needed between IDOT and the federal Department of Transportation. I-57 does not run through Memphis, Tennessee. Instead, it feeds into Interstate 55 in Missouri, which then ultimately leads to Memphis. I-57 itself is over 100 miles away from Memphis.

Pat McGann is a stand-up comedian and was previously the house emcee at Zanies Chicago. He has performed on national shows like The Late Show with David Letterman and then Stephen Colbert. He lives in Chicago.