Barickman passes legislation to honor fallen Roanoke soldier Pannier

Springfield – The Illinois Senate has passed legislation filed by State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) to create the SPC Phillip J. Pannier Memorial Highway.

“It’s always important that we remember the dedication and sacrifice of those who have given their lives to protect our way of life,” said Sen. Barickman. “It is my hope that this memorial will help keep Phillip’s memory alive for future generations.”

Army Specialist Phillip Pannier was killed in action on January 8, 2008, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pannier was a 2006 graduate of Roanoke-Benson High School, where he was active band, football, FFA, soccer and 4-H.

Senate Joint Resolution 9 designates Illinois Route 116 from Roanoke to Metamora as the SPC Phillip J. Pannier Memorial Highway.

The legislation is now headed to the Illinois House for consideration in that chamber.

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