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Pritzker Vows To 'Carry The Burden Of Action' After Trooper Deaths

Sarah Jesmer

Mourners packed a northern Illinois high school Wednesday afternoon to remember an Illinois trooper killed in the line of duty.

Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was fatally struck during a roadside inspection in Stephenson County on Thursday.

A celebration of life was held at Warren High School.

In audio provided by WIFR-TV, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker offered condolences on behalf of the state.

"I promise that I will carry the burden of action that our collective grief conveys every day of my administration," Pritzker said.

Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly spoke to the members of law enforcement who packed the auditorium at Warren High School.

"To honor her, you must know that the most important equipment you have for your mission is not your badge or your firearm or your vehicle, but your mind, your heart, and your soul,” Kelly said.

Kelly acknowledged it has been a deadly year for state troopers. Gerald Ellis, was killed by a wrong-way driver on Saturday on I-94. Christopher Lambert was fatally struck in January near Northbrook.

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Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" fromthe Illinois Associated Press andrecipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.