Text Size
Login
config

Highway dedicated in honor of fallen Tazewell County soldier

09082017KI0075 NORTH PEKIN – A state highway was renamed in honor of a fallen Tazewell County soldier today. Part of Route 98 was renamed the “Sgt. Dean Russell Shaffer Memorial Highway” after two Peoria area lawmakers passed a resolution at the General Assembly this Spring.

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 20 with State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) to honor Sgt. Dean Shaffer, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

Sgt. Shaffer was a graduate of Pekin Community High School and was serving with the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division when the Black Hawk helicopter he was on crashed during a medivac mission in Helmand Province, killing on board. Sgt. Shaffer had previously been deployed to Iraq.

“Soldiers like Sergeant Shaffer gave what Lincoln called their ‘last full measure of devotion’ to their country,” said Koehler. “The least we can do is show their families that we truly appreciate the ultimate sacrifice they have made while serving our country.”

Sgt. Shaffer was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in Afghanistan. Sgt. Shaffer was 23 years old when he died.

Sign up for The Majority Report HERE
Majority Report Podcast
Find Your Legislator

News Releases

IMAGE Castro’s new law provides youth with the tools to succeed
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
ELGIN – A new state law that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019, will give children in foster care and under supervision of the Department of Children...

Read More...
IMAGE Bennett renews push for Vermilion County casino
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Quick work needed to pass a package to boost economy, add funds to schools DANVILLE – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) today renewed his...

Read More...
IMAGE New Castro law creates additional protections for nurses
Monday, 17 December 2018
ELGIN – Starting Jan. 1, 2019, nurses will now be protected under the Healthcare Violence Prevention Act thanks to State Senator Cristina...

Read More...
IMAGE Cullerton law makes government consolidation easier
Monday, 17 December 2018
VILLA PARK— Starting Jan. 1, 2019, Illinois residents will have a faster method to speed up the government consolidation process, thanks to Villa...

Read More...
IMAGE Sandoval named to Pritzker’s Infrastructure Committee
Thursday, 13 December 2018
CHICAGO – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Transportation Committee, was named to Governor-elect...

Read More...

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Senate Schedule
General Assembly Bills & Resolutions
The Great Pension Debate
Find local warming centers