Statement by State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield):
“Today we celebrate 200 years of Illinois statehood. On December 3, 1818, less than a year after legislation was introduced in Congress to allow the Illinois Territory to move toward statehood, President James Monroe signed the authorization making Illinois the 21st State in our Union. For the first time in Illinois history, due to Public Act 100-898 enacted earlier this year, today is officially declared Illinois Statehood Day.
“I’m proud to have served on the Illinois Bicentennial Commission and was deeply honored when Gov. Rauner appointed me as co-chair of the commission earlier this year. We have seen a year-long celebration of all that is Born, Built, and Grown in Illinois and we have done great things to honor the Prairie State during this Bicentennial year.
“My strong belief in the positive future of our State is built upon the history of Illinois, and my family’s legacy throughout the 200 years of the State of Illinois. That my fourth-great grandfather served in the First General Assembly and I serve in the 100th General Assembly is a humbling thought. My family has been in this state since day one, something that fills me with immense pride. I am optimistic about the future of Illinois. We are not without great challenges, but Illinois has shown time and time again that we meet the challenges and move forward to do great things. I expect we will continue to do that over the next 200 years.
“Happy Bicentennial Illinois. I ask that all citizens of this great state take time today to reflect on what makes us all #IllinoisProud.”