Butler applauds Rauner Illinois
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[September 21, 2016]
State Representative Tim Butler
(R-Springfield) today applauded the new path Governor Bruce Rauner
set towards commemorating the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018.
Executive Order 2016-10, signed by the Governor today, officially
creates a state Bicentennial Office and streamlines the current
Bicentennial Commission; a move Butler says is key towards a
“The Bicentennial is a tremendous opportunity for us to tell the
story of Illinois to the nation and the world,” said Butler.
“Illinois is truly a crossroads for our country, blessed with an
abundance of talented individuals and a wealth of natural resources
that make us the envy of other states. I’ve pushed to make sure we
don’t miss this opportunity to tell our story.”
Illinois’ history is not lost on the freshman lawmaker, who holds
deep ties to Illinois’ past. Butler’s fourth great-grandfather was
Lewis Barker, who served as a State Senator for the first four
General Assemblies beginning in 1818. A native of Peoria, Rep.
Butler also represents the 87th District in the Illinois House,
which is largely the same area Abraham Lincoln represented during
his four terms in the Illinois House.
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“Our history is important, and I believe deeply we must commemorate the great
anniversary of our state. That’s why from day one I’ve pushed to get this
project moving, and I’m appreciative of the Governor’s efforts to make this
happen,” added Butler. “It would appear much thought was put into this, and I’m
excited to help see it through.”
Additionally, the Governor announced that the prominent Illinois-based marketing
expert Stuart Layne will lead the project.
[Office of Representative Tim Butler]