A section of Illinois Route 116 will soon be renamed to honor the memory and sacrifice of Army Specialist Phillip Pannier.
“SPC Pannier gave his life in service to his country,” said Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington. “It is important that we remember his sacrifice, his service and his dedication to his fellow man.”
Pannier was killed in action on Jan. 8, 2008, while he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a 2006 graduate of Roanoke-Benson High School, where he was involved in band, football, Future Farmers of America (FFA), soccer and 4-H.
Senate Joint Resolution 9 designates the stretch of Route 116 between Metamora and Roanoke as the SPC Phillip J. Pannier Memorial Highway. Signs will soon be displayed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Legislation passed the Illinois Senate on May 25 and was approved in the House less than two weeks ago on Nov. 14.