Illinois House approves Rep. Butler legislation to create Route 66
Motorcycle License Plates
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[April 21, 2016]
- The Illinois House of Representatives this week unanimously
approved House Bill 4315, legislation sponsored by State
Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) to offer motorcyclists an
opportunity to purchase Route 66 license plates. Butler lives on an
original 1926 alignment of the Route 66 Scenic Byway.
“Route 66 is one of the most iconic landmarks of our
American culture,” said Rep. Butler. “Illinois played a leading role
in the creation of this road, being the first to claim having Route
66 paved end-to-end across a state. Today people from around the
world dream of traveling the 'Mother Road' for an adventure of their
own, including thousands who travel on motorcycle. Many of these
folks begin their Route 66 journey right here in Illinois. Given the
support we see from motorcyclists traveling Route 66, it is only
natural we would give them an opportunity to show their support of
our historic byway by placing a special Route 66 license plate on
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Currently, Illinois Route 66 license plates are only available for passenger
vehicles, trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles, but not motorcycles.
Proceeds from the additional fees collected from the new plate will benefit the
Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project Fund. The Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project
Fund was created for the development of tourism, through education and
interpretation, preservation, and promotion of the former U.S. Route 66.
Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, historic Route 66 starts in Chicago
and ends in Santa Monica, California. In Illinois there are three active
alignments of the road.
[Chris Guy, Office of State
Representative Tim Butler]