Rep. Butler Appointed to
Commission Planning Illinois’ Bicentennial Celebrations
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[January 09, 2017]
- State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) has been selected
to serve on the new Illinois Bicentennial Commission, tasked with
planning statewide celebrations to mark the State of Illinois’
upcoming 200th birthday in 2018.
"It is a truly humbling honor to be named to the Illinois
Bicentennial Commission by Leader Durkin," said Butler. "My family's
Illinois roots go back before statehood; something in which I take
great pride. To be able to play a role in planning the commemoration
of such a significant milestone in our state's history, especially
when I have a relative who served in the First General Assembly, is
truly something I cherish. Illinois is a tremendous state and the
Bicentennial gives us an unprecedented opportunity to tell our story
to the world and lay the groundwork for a bright future."
Butler, recently elected to the 100th General Assembly, is the
fourth great-grandson of Lewis Barker, who was elected in 1818 to
the Illinois Senate and who served in the first four General
Assemblies. His mother's side of the family has maintained residence
in Illinois since the early 1800s. Butler represents the 87th
District, a Central Illinois district home to the final resting
places of both Abraham Lincoln and Everett Dirksen.
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Executive Order 2016-10 signed last year by Governor Rauner created the
Governor’s Office of the Illinois Bicentennial and established a reconstituted
Illinois Bicentennial Commission of no more than 51 members. Together, the
office and commission will work with both public and private sectors to develop
a plan for bicentennial celebrations and commemorations.
Illinois will mark the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Illinois
Constitution on Aug. 26, 2018. Dec. 3, 2018, will mark the 200th anniversary of
Illinois' admission to the union as a state.
[Office of Representative Tim Butler]