Illinois is getting ready to celebrate the 100th birthday of the most famous road in the world. Today, State Representative Tim Butler’s House Bill 66 was signed into law, creating the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission charged with planning the Mother Road’s centennial celebration.
“Route 66 begins right here in Illinois, and I am proud that our state will be leading the way to celebrate the centennial of this world-famous byway,” said Representative Butler (R-Springfield). “The Mother Road’s 100th birthday celebration will be an international event, and this commission will get us ready to welcome visitors from around the world who want to experience the magic of Route 66.”
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 Senate. Additional members will represent various groups or state agencies, including the Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.
“We will be celebrating the history of our 300 mile stretch of Route 66 with a year of events in communities along its path; including music, artwork and folklore. I want to thank Governor Rauner, a great advocate for the Mother Road, for signing this bill into law. It’s going to be a birthday party to remember!” Rep. Butler said.