Interstate 74 from mile post 155 to 160 through Farmer City will be known as the “Trooper Ryan Albin Memorial Highway.”
State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) sponsored the legislation (HJR 93). It was adopted by a unanimous vote of the Senate unanimously May 28.
Trooper Albin was born in Urbana and attended Blue Ridge H.S. in Farmer City. In 2015, he was awarded the District Six Officer of the Year.
In June of last year, he was killed while traveling home from being on duty.
“The number of Trooper Albin’s friends who called me asking for this legislation has been absolutely incredible,” Rose said. “I didn’t know Trooper Albin, but considering what everyone who did know Trooper Albin has told me about him, he must have been one heck of a guy. This is the least we can do to honor his family and his commitment to the citizens of Illinois.”
“Trooper Albin was a hero who bravely served the people of Illinois for nearly twelve years,” said State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth). “Naming this stretch of I-74 in Trooper Albin’s honor is a fitting tribute to a man who gave his life in the line of duty, serving his community, and the State of Illinois.”
The resolution was first introduced in the House and was adopted by a unanimous vote of that chamber May 8.