SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner passed a measure to honor James L. Easterly’s accomplishments and dedication to the state by designating an Illinois Department of Transportation building in his name. Senator Turner

“This is one way for me to honor Mr. Easterly’s mentorship and friendship to Illinois,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “He dedicated his career to public service and to build a better Illinois. I’m honored to carry this measure that honors a true leader for our state and the transportation industry.”

House Joint Resolution 22 designates the Illinois Department of Transportation’s District 6 Headquarters in Springfield as the "James L. Easterly Building." Easterly's accomplishments have made a lasting impression on IDOT and the state.

A registered professional engineer in Illinois, Texas and Missouri, Easterly began working for IDOT after high school and continued until his retirement in May 2003. During his time with IDOT, he served in a variety of capacities, including as resident engineer, statewide construction engineer, and district engineer in Springfield and Collinsville, and finished his career as IDOT Director of Highways. He left a lasting legacy of safety and improvements to the transportation system in Illinois that will stand the test of time and benefit future generations for years to come.

House Joint Resolution 22 passed the Senate with bipartisan support.