Text Size

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.

Photo of the Day

Sign up for The Majority Report HERE

News Releases

IMAGE Sen. Aquino votes to approve gun safety measures
Thursday, 15 March 2018
SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to stop gun violence in Illinois, State Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) voted in favor of restrictions on people...

IMAGE Cunningham’s identity theft protection bill passes Senate
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents will no longer have to pay a fee to protect their identity by freezing their credit thanks to legislation...

IMAGE Raoul measure lets municipalities regulate assault weapons
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Measure passed today also bans the sale and use of bump stocks SPRINGFIELD —  One month after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, that...

IMAGE Munoz advances ban on sale of assault rifles to persons under 21 years old
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
SPRINGFIELD – A bipartisan group in the Illinois Senate took part in a symbolic walkout Wednesday to demand gun control in solidarity with the...

IMAGE Morrison leads Senate in passing gun violence prevention package
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) led the Senate this morning in passing several proposals aimed at preventing gun violence...

The Great Pension Debate
Where your tax dollars go
Find local warming centers