Senate passes legislation to honor local fallen heroes
Springfield – The Illinois Senate has passed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) to name two sections of roads, one after a Navy Seal and another after two police officers who were tragically killed in the line of duty.
“All three of these bright young men gave their lives to protect us,” said Sen. Weaver. “I hope this honor will help keep the memories of their lives and their sacrifices alive for future generations.”
Senate Joint Resolution 35, if approved by the Illinois House, will dedicate Illinois Route 29 through Chillicothe as the “Senior Chief Petty Officer William ‘Ryan’ Owens Memorial Highway.” Owens, a husband and father of three children, was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards who served 12 deployments. On Jan. 29, 2017, Senior Chief Petty Officer Owens died from wounds sustained while in combat supporting overseas contingency operations.
Senate Joint Resolution 36, if approved by the Illinois House as well, will dedicate the Illinois Route 78 overpass over Interstate 80 as the “Deputy Sheriff Adam Streicher and Chad Wolf Memorial Overpass.” Stark County Deputy Streicher was killed while attempting to serve a “failure to pay” warrant on March 22, 2002. Michigan State Trooper Wolf was killed while on patrol when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle on Aug. 28, 2015. Streicher and Wolf were both graduates of Annawan High School.
“It is my hope that these memorials will allow these brave men to continue to inspire others with their bravery and selfless dedication to serve,” said Sen. Weaver.
Both resolutions are now headed to the Illinois House of Representatives for consideration in that chamber.
The family of Senior Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens joined State Senators Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) on the floor of the Illinois Senate before passage of SJR35.
The families of Deputy Sheriff Adam Streicher and Trooper Chad Wolf joined State Senators Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) on the floor of the Illinois Senate before passage of SJR36.