The naming of a Champaign post office after a former Champaign County State's Attorney is one step closer to becoming a reality.
The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday night to designate the post office at 302 East Green Street as the James R. Burgess Junior Post Office Building. The measure now goes to the House for consideration.
Burgess was the first African American to be elected countywide in Champaign County in 1972 and later was appointed as a U.S. Attorney for a large section of Illinois. Burgess was also a leader of the 761st Tank Battalion. The battalion was the first African American armored unit to enter battle in World War II.
An earlier effort to name the federal courthouse in Urbana after Burgess was unsuccessful.