State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) today offered a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln as part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. Butler represents a large portion of the territory which was in Lincoln’s district when he served as a member of the Illinois House.
Butler spoke at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Lincoln statue on the Capitol’s east steps this morning. He also made more formal remarks on the House floor during an afternoon commemoration, honoring Lincoln’s life and his accomplishments as a member of the House, including moving the state capital to Springfield. “The legacy that he left behind, that he learned coming out of this body, is second to none,” Butler said. “The life of our state’s favorite son came to an abrupt and a sinister end that morning. While today is certainly a solemn occasion, I think it is also a day of celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. It is proper that we honor Lincoln, someone who came from this body, who has his roots here in the Illinois House.”
Butler concluded his remarks by inviting all members of the General Assembly and the public to Springfield for the funeral commemoration events on the weekend of May 2-3, “to help us celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln, a man who rose from this body to become the greatest President of the United States.”