Rush Limbaugh inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - After months of controversy, Rush Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Monday afternoon.

House Speaker Steven Tilley honored the controversial radio host during a ceremony in the House Chamber at the state Capitol.

The plans to induct Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians ignited a hot debate across the state.

Missouri House Democrats petitioned Tilley to abandon plans to honor Limbaugh, comparing his notoriety to that of Frank and Jesse James.

Limbaugh's radio show has lost several advertisers earlier this year, when he referred last week to a female law student involved in the national debate about insurance for contraception as a "slut" and "prostitute." He later apologized for his comment.

Tilley defended his choice, saying Limbaugh is among the world's best-known radio personalities. Tilley also says the hall honors famous Missourians -- not "universally loved Missourians."

"I know he would be a controversial choice, I know they would hold him to a different standard than we've held any other person that's been inducted in the Hall of Famous Missourians," Tilley explained in March .

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