O'FALLON, IL Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) and Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) held a press conference on Monday morning dedicating a stretch of Interstate 64 in memory of Jessica and Kelli Uhl, two Collinsville sisters killed in Nov. 2007 by the reckless acts of a now-convicted Illinois State Trooper.

"On behalf of the people of Illinois, we offer this memorial as a small token of the great remorse we all feel and while we can never make this family whole, we join together in the dedication of this memorial to Jessica and Kelli Uhl so that their memory lives on for our citizens," Haine said.

"We are here to memorialize these two wonderful girls and honor the wishes of the family and friends joining us today," Haine added. "As a father of five daughters, I can not fathom the magnitude of this tragic loss."

Following the accident, the Illinois State Police ushered in new rules limiting the use of personal electronic devices by on-duty officers and implemented a four-tier system regulating how fast troopers may travel when responding to an emergency call.

"As a former Madison County chief prosecutor, it is with profound regret that the uniform of the State Police was worn in the commission of this terrible tragedy," Haine added. "We have some of the finest officers in the nation and the man who committed this horrible act was clearly an aberration in the Illinois State Police."

Senate Joint Resolution 40, which passed both legislative chambers unanimously this spring, renames the section of Interstate 64 between Exit 19A at Illinois Route 158 and Exit 23 at Illinois Route 4 as the Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Highway. Last week, signs were erected along the designated portion of Interstate 64.

 
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