SPRINGFIELD — Members of the Illinois House of Representatives held a moment of silence Tuesday in honor of the seven men who died in an early morning plane crash a week ago just east of Bloomington.
State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, led the 118-member chamber in the observance of the crash that occurred as the men were returning from watching the NCAA men's basketball national championship game April 7 in Indianapolis.
"These gentlemen are all legends for their service and support to Illinois State University," Brady said.
Killed in the crash east of Central Illinois Regional Airport were: Illinois State University associate head basketball coach Torrey Ward; Aaron Leetch, the deputy director for external relations in ISU's athletic department; pilot Thomas Hileman; Terry Stralow, co-owner of Pub II in Normal; Scott Bittner, owner of Eureka Locker Co.; Andy Butler, national account manager for Sprint/Nextel; and Jason Jones, senior vice president/investment officer for Secord-Jones Wealth Management Group.
"Their passion for Illinois State University and its athletic programs will be the beacon that helps to heal so many who are grieving," said Brady.
A preliminary cause of the accident is expected to be released this week.