Lawmakers are set to honor fallen Sgt. Joshua Rodgers of Bloomington with a pair of renamings.
State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) helped pass a bill through the Illinois House to rename Veterans Parkway between Interstate 74 and Interstate 55 the "Army Ranger Sergeant Joshua P. Rodgers Memorial Highway." The bill is currently awaiting action in the Senate.
“Josh Rodgers joined the Army after graduating from Normal Community High School because he wanted to serve his county and his community. He was a decorated soldier, but he was also a loved and loving son, grandson, brother and friend. He made everyone who knew him proud, and we in turn are proud to honor him with this memorial highway designation,” Brady said.
At the federal level, U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) and Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) have introduced a bill to rename the U.S. Post Office at 1211 Towanda Ave. in Bloomington after Rodgers.
“There is no way to truly thank Sergeant Rodgers, but it is my hope that this building will serve to honor him and remind all of us of the price of our freedom," said LaHood.
“Sergeant Joshua Rodgers is a hometown hero and we want to make sure that his name and the sacrifice he made for us is remembered for generations to come,” said Davis.
If passed, the post office would be named the “Sgt. Josh Rodgers Post Office."
Rodgers died in April during an operation in Afghanistan. He was 22 years old.