News

Trooper Memorialized on I-55

Trooper Memorialized on I-55

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

When people stop at a newly dedicated rest area and see the plaque honoring Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage, perhaps they’ll think of the dangers of distracted driving.

A truck driver who reportedly claimed to have “zoned out” killed Deatherage, a motorcycle cop in the middle of a traffic stop, in the fall of 2012. Now, a pair of rest areas along I-55 near the accident scene, at milepost 65 just north of Litchfield, bears Deatherage’s name.

Hopefully, this will serve to the travelers throughout Illinois of the importance of protecting and watching for our state troopers as they protect us on the highways here,” said State Rep. Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville).

“He taught me, ‘life is short; live it,’” said Deatherage’s widow, Sarah. “If he wanted to buy something, he bought it. If he wanted to do something, he did it. He didn’t wait until he had more time (or) more money. He made now the perfect moment.”

Recent Headlines

in Local

Quinn Accuses Rauner of Not Hiring Enough Minorities

Bruce Rauner (R), Pat Quinn

Both trying to make inroads in minority communties

in Local

Library Turf War Continues

Lincoln Presidential Museum

Major donors threaten to withhold donations unless the feuding stops

in Local

Woman Dies in Route 29 Crash Near Edinburg

medical

Illinois State Police say a van over corrected after swerving off the roadway.

in Local

Attorney Wants Parsons to Pay $1.2 Million Now, $100,000 Monthly

Jeff Parsons appears defiant as he walks out of federal court in Springfield July 10, 2014

An attorney representing former THR and Associates employees and creditors wants Jeff Parsons to pony up -- immediately.

in Local

Fake IDs are Easy to Get

id theft

Fake IDs and driver’s licenses are the scourge of the Illinois secretary of state’s office