Butler introduces bill to create
Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission
November 11 is 90th anniversary of Route
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[November 11, 2016]
- On the day before historic Route 66 turns 90 years old, State
Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) introduced House Bill 6624
which creates the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission in an
effort to lay the groundwork for celebrating the famous road's 100th
anniversary in 2026.
"Route 66 is the most famous road in the world and Illinois lays
claim to where the Mother Road begins," said Rep. Butler. "The
centennial of Route 66 will truly be an international celebration of
this famous strip of pavement. Illinois is uniquely positioned to
welcome and entertain travelers from around the world who want to
experience the magic of our scenic byway.
"In an effort to plan accordingly, I believe the State should take a
lead role in planning a
year-long celebration that would foster activities and
commemorations to attract people to our 300-mile stretch of 66. That
is why I am introducing this legislation today."
As introduced, the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission will
consist of 20 members, three of whom shall be appointed by the
Governor and two each from the Speaker of the House, Minority Leader
of the House, President of the Senate, and Minority Leader of the
Additionally, there will be nine ex-officio members representing
various groups or state agencies, including the Executive Director
of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.
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The legislation states that the Centennial is a great opportunity "to celebrate
the important history of Route 66 in Illinois through commemorative,
educational, and community events. The centennial celebration may include events
about the history of how local communities grew and changed with the
construction of Route 66; the cultural impact of Route 66 in the United States
and internationally; the portrayal of Route 66 in music, artwork, and folklore;
and how to maintain the mystique and appeal of Route 66 for future generations."
The purpose of the Commission is to help guide these activities in Illinois.
[Liz Hartog, Office of State
Representative Tim Butler]