Butler Appointed to Commission Planning Illinois’ Bicentennial
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[January 12, 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]