Wife of Illinois State Police trooper killed in crash helps officials unveil memorial sign

Illinois SP name toll after trooper killed in the line of duty

Truck and car horns sounded around mile marker 17 on Interstate 94 Monday morning near the Bradley Road overpass in Green Oaks, where two ladder trucks held aloft a giant American flag to honor Illinois State Trooper Gerald “Jerry” Ellis.  Ellis died March 30 after his squad car collided with a vehicle being driven in the wrong direction on that section of I-94 near Lambs Farm.  On Monday, two large signs naming a half-mile stretch of tollway in his honor were dedicated, with traffic shut down so his family could visit the site.  Acting State Police Director Brendan Kelly, speaking at a portion of the ceremony held inside a pavilion at Townline Community Park in Lake Forest, joked how Ellis might have played a part in Monday’s windy and rainy weather.  “I think Jerry is having fun with us,” he said as people laughed.