SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In honor of the in-universe birthday of the comic book character Superman and the state’s own Superman-themed city of Metropolis, state Rep. Jawaharial Omar Williams, D-Chicago, recently filed a resolution declaring Feb. 29 as Superman Day in Illinois.
“When I was a boy, Superman was my favorite comic book character. His story of overcoming differences and always endeavoring to do the right thing has always resonated with me and millions of other fans around the world,” said Williams. “With all the challenges facing our state and nation, I think we all could use a little bit of inspiration from Superman to help us power through these tough times.”
Williams filed House Resolution 584 alongside Rep. Patrick Windhorst, who resides in Metropolis, Ill., a community in downstate Illinois that shares a name with Superman’s home city. The resolution will celebrate Superman and acknowledge the cultural impact of his character as the first modern superhero in history.
Metropolis, the county seat of Massac County, is located on the Ohio River on the border with Kentucky. Although the city was founded 99 years before the creation of Superman, it shares a name with the comic book character’s fictional home. Metropolis celebrates the connection with a famous Superman statue and a Superman Museum, featuring a collection of memorabilia valued at an estimated $2.5 billion. If you would like to plan a trip or learn more about this amazing attraction in Metropolis, please visit www.enjoyillinois.com/explore/listing/super-museum/.
“The values lauded by Superman – truth, justice and the American Way – have acted as a guide for my work in Springfield since I first took office,” said Windhorst. “As a legislator, I can think of no better example for me and others to look towards when thinking about how we can lead and serve our communities with integrity, fairness and grit.”