State ready for Route 66 centennial


ILLINOIS — The state is looking ahead to a decade from now to honor the mother road. Route 66 will turn 100 in 2026.

New legislation would create the Route 66 Centennial Commission. It’s an effort to lay down the groundwork for celebrating the road’s 100th anniversary.  

Ten years is a long time away, but a party this size takes time. The state would take a lead role in planning the year-long celebration.

“Those of us who live in Central Illinois, we love Abraham Lincoln. He’s a big draw for us around here, but a lot of people forget that Route 66 brings a lot of both national and international visitors to our communities, so anything we can do to promote Route 66, I’m all for it,” said Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield).

The centennial celebration would also include events about the history of how local communities grew and changed with the construction of Route 66.

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