SPRINGFIELD – A portion of U.S. Route 67 will soon be known as the “Dick Rawlings Memorial Highway,” thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) that passed the Illinois Senate on January 13th. Rawlings was a beloved figure in Morgan County who had a large part in the movement to widen Route 67 to four lanes.
“Dick Rawlings was the heart of the effort to get Route 67 expanded to four lanes,” said Sen. McCann. “It is only fitting that his name be memorialized on the very corridor that he worked so hard to improve.”
Aside from his work as chairman of the Corridor 67 Committee, Rawlings was a Morgan County Commissioner, a member of the county’s health board, and served his community in a multitude of other roles. In the private sector, he was an owner of Benton and Associates in Jacksonville from 1971-2002.
Rawlings passed away in July of 2014 at the age of 73.
“People like Dick Rawlings are what make our communities great,” said Sen. McCann. “It’s important that we honor his life and accomplishments to help inspire the next generation of local leaders.”