Governor Bruce Rauner recently recognized Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, and fallen heroes in coordination with National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. Rauner recognized these officers at a ceremony that honored the memory of those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Awards were also given out to officers, including Correctional Officer of the Year, Parole Agent of the Year, Corrections Employee of the Year, Juvenile Justice Specialist of the Year, Juvenile Justice Aftercare Specialist of the Year, and Juvenile Justice Program Staff of the Year.
Governor Rauner stated, “Correctional and law enforcement officers face tremendous challenges and risk every day. I am honored to recognize the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. This Memorial Wall serves as a physical reminder of their sacrifice. It’s a place of reverence and deep gratitude for the entire state to recognize their bravery and courage”.