Springfield – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) unanimously passed legislation through the Illinois General Assembly that designates Illinois roadways with the namesakes of fallen soldiers. On the day honoring Veterans at the State Fair, Governor Rauner made it a point to sign the Heroes Way Designation Program Act into Illinois law. The idea first originated with Denise Meehan, the mother of PFC Andrew Meari, who lost his life while serving in Afghanistan.
Denise said, “The Heroes Way Designation Act ensures the families of Illinois’ fallen that the name of their loved one will be remembered, and spoken, by people of generations still to come. A person lived right here in their community, in their hometown, that so loved this country they laid down their lives in its defense. Their sacrifice is forever and their memory should be honored forever. The Heroes Way Act accomplishes this, for me and for all those families that bear the honorable burden of the Gold Star.” Rep. Batinick stated, “I brought this legislation in honor of Illinois’ Veterans, their families, and all those that have sacrificed for this country, including PFC Andrew Meari for whom this idea first originated. My hope is that all those who have served, including their families, realize the level of appreciation the State of Illinois, and our nation, holds for them. Now with the Heroes Way Act, Illinoisans can pay tribute to those that have laid down their lives for this great country.”
The legislation is listed as Public Act 99-0802.