Road sign honors late Sheriff Roger Walker


Decatur, Ill (WAND) – A sign now marks a stretch of Route 48 near Mound Road honoring the late Roger Walker.

Walker was the first African American elected sheriff in the state of Illinois.  He later became Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Family and friends gathered to dedicate the sign Friday morning.  It simply reads, “Sheriff Roger E. Walker Memorial Road.”

Walker was born February 7, 1949.  He was a life-long Decatur resident.  Served in the in the United States Navy and was first elected sheriff in 1998.

Current Conditions
  • Current Events

    • Spirit of Giving

      Join WAND, Cromwell Radio, Walmart North and Macon County Toys for Tots in the Spirit of Giving Toy Drive, Friday, December 1st. T

    • Coats for Kids Drive

      DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - You can help keep central Illinois children warm this winter by donating new and gently used coats during WAND-TV's Coats for Kids drive.

    • Agribusiness Today

      Get your agribusiness report here!

    • Web Exclusives

      Here at WAND we strive to bring you the latest coverage on news happening across central Illinois, and this page is a continuation of that effort.