Dick Rawlings Memorial Highway approved by Senate

By Ryne Turke on January 15, 2016 at 7:16am

The Illinois legislature is honoring the late Dick Rawlings by naming a portion of U.S. 67 through Jacksonville after the former Morgan County Commissioner.

State Senator Sam McCann asked the Senate to approve a resolution on Wednesday to name the stretch of land “The Dick Rawlings Memorial Highway.”

“His passion in life, aside from his family and career, was the Corridor 67 project. He wanted to bring Corridor 67 from the Quad Cities to St. Louis in the form of a four-way highway and getting it connected to West Central Illinois.”

McCann added that “people like Dick Rawlings are what make our communities great and it is important that we honor his life and accomplishments to help inspire the next generation of local leaders.”

The resolution was originally sponsored by Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer in February and passed through the Illinois House in March.

The Illinois Senate unanimously approved the bill on Wednesday.

Rawlings passed away in July of 2014 at the age of 73.