Senate passes plan to name roads for fallen Illinois soldiers

5/27/2016, 11:05 a.m.
The legislation was sponsored by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant of Shorewood and State Rep. Mark Batinick of Plainfield.

Legislation allowing roads to be named after fallen soldiers from Illinois was passed out of the Illinois Senate today by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (Shorewood).

“Service members who give the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms are true heroes, and we should always find ways to recognize their contributions,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Having a road named in their honor is one way to ensure a fallen soldier will be remembered.”

Bertino-Tarrant’s proposal, House Bill 4344, would create the Heroes Way Designation Program. The program will allow family members of fallen Illinois soldiers to apply and pay for an honorary road designation as a tribute to their deceased loved one.

The applicant has to be a family member who is related to the solider by blood, marriage or adoption.

Eligible roads include interstates, state-numbered highway interchanges and bridge segments within Illinois’ highway system.

A family member seeking to have a road named after a fallen soldier would have to submit an application to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Bertino-Tarrant’s plan has been passed by the Illinois House and Senate, and it will go to the governor for final approval.

The lead sponsor of the legislation in the House is State Rep. Mark Batinick (Plainfield). Bertino-Tarrant and Batinick worked together in a bipartisan manner on House Bill 4344.