Legislation to name the Champaign post office after an African-American World War II veteran has been sent to President Barack Obama.
James Burgess Jr. was a leader of the first African-American armored battalion in World War II. He also served as Champaign County state's attorney and a U.S. attorney before his 1997 death.
His son Steve led an effort to honor Burgess by naming a government building after him.
On Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said a bill to designate the Champaign post office as the James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building passed the full Senate. It's now awaiting Obama's approval.
Davis says it's a small token of Illinois' gratitude for Burgess and for his son, who died unexpectedly last year.