DECATUR, Ill. – State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, joined local officials and the Walker family Friday at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly installed Roger E. Walker Jr. Memorial Road signage placed at the entrance to Decatur via Route 48 and Mound Road.
“Sheriff Walker was a compassionate, dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly to keep our neighborhoods and our families safe,” Scherer said. “It’s important to recognize individuals who made a positive impact on the Decatur community, and I’m proud to know that his legacy will be remembered.”
Scherer sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 37 to designate a portion of Route 48 between Elwin Road and East Mound Road in Decatur as the “Sheriff Roger E. Walker Jr. Memorial Road.” Walker was elected Macon County Sheriff in 1998, becoming the first African-American sheriff in Illinois. In 2003, he became the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections.