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Obama signs into law legislation naming post office after former Illinois state chair

On July 15, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 4960, naming an Aurora, IL, post office after the late Ken Christy, the Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers president who died unexpectedly in March.

Christy served for more than 31 years as a letter carrier for the Aurora post office, and he had a long history of leadership within NALC. In a statement on the Senate floor following Christy’s death, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) called the letter carrier “one of the strongest voices for working people” who “dedicated himself to the men and women who worked for the U.S. Postal Service.”

The naming bill was introduced by Reps. Bill Foster (D-IL) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) in the House and by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Durbin in the Senate. After it was introduced, NALC asked Illinois letter carriers to urge their members of Congress to co-sponsor the measure.

“Ken spent his career as a champion for letter carriers throughout Illinois,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “I can’t think of a better way to honor our dear friend’s memory than by weaving his history into the post office where he worked for more than three decades. Thank you to everyone who contacted their House and Senate representatives to help ensure Ken’s legacy is recognized.”

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