State Sen. Bill Brady(R-Bloomington) praised Governor Rauner Monday for signing legislation that would enable the Governor to lower flags to half-staff statewide in honor of active duty military members killed during training exercises.
"We must do everything we can to honor those who make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms', said Brady. 'Our active-duty, retired, and deceased military members deserve our enduring respect and admiration-I was proud to sponsor this legislation in the Senate."
HB 2932, which unanimously passed both legislative bodies of the General Assembly, would allow the Governor to issue an official notice to fly the United States national flag, the State flag of Illinois, and the appropriate military flag at half-staff upon the death of an Illinois resident killed during on duty training for active military duty. Previously, Illinois residents killed while training for active military duty were not among those who could be honored by lowering the flag to half mass. The tragic death of Captain Reid Nannan of Hopedale during a 2014 training exercise led Senator Brady to propose legislation in the Senate amending the Flag Display Act to include military deaths during training exercises. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Keith Sommer (R-Morton) in the House and goes into effect January 1, 2016.