Illinois State Representative Tim Butler introduces bill to create Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission
Nov 10, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, IL--On the day before historic Route 66 turns 90 years old, State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) introduced House Bill 6624 which creates the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission in an effort to lay the groundwork for celebrating the famous road's 100th anniversary in 2026.

"Route 66 is the most famous road in the world and Illinois lays claim to where the Mother Road begins," said Rep. Butler. "The centennial of Route 66 will truly be an international celebration of this famous strip of pavement. Illinois is uniquely positioned to welcome and entertain travelers from around the world who want to experience the magic of our scenic byway.
Nov 10, 2016
On Monday, November 7th, 2016, the Lincoln City Council voted unanimously to approve the additional funding needed from the City's Hotel/Motel tax, to cover unexpected additional expenses required to complete The Mill on Route 66 Accessibility Project Grant that was awarded earlier in the year by the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Program.

At the same time, the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway has been working with the City of Lincoln and the Illinois Department of Transportation to update Illinois Route 66 directional signage in the city, including signing the 1926-1930 Route 66 alignment for the first time, which goes directly through the Historic Downtown Lincoln district and passes by The Mill. The signage initiative is in progress and is expected to take 30-60 days to complete.

Chicago Cubs Win 2016 World Series!
Nov 03, 2016

Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs for their first World Series win since 1908, and also to the great Route 66 city of Chicago - the starting point of the Mother Road! The longest World Series victory drought of all time is over. Congrats also to the Cleveland Indians, who played excellent baseball.
Bloomington-Normal – Gateway to the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area
Sep 22, 2016

Officials from the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition (LFL) – Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA) will join executive director of the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (BNCVB) and area officials to announce that Bloomington-Normal has been designated one of six official Gateway Communities to the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.  The Gateway Communities include Alton, Quincy, Danville, Springfield, and Charleston.

Four Illinois Route 66 Preservation Projects are Recipients of the 2016 National Park Service Grants
Aug 30, 2016
The National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation cost-share grant program “provides grant assistance for eligible historic preservation, research, oral history, interpretative, and educational projects. Grants are offered through an annual, competitive grant cycle. Since 2001, 130 projects have been awarded $1.9 million with $3.1 million in cost-share match, totaling $5 million in public-private investment toward the revitalization of the Route 66 corridor.” This year, four of the eight projects that were awarded grants are from Illinois!
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Signs Route 66 Motorcycle Plate Legislation 8/20/16
Aug 21, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Signs Route 66 Motorcycle Plate Legislation 8/20/16 - Fulgenzi's/Mahan's Filling Station Springfield, IL. Special Thanks: Gov. Bruce Rauner, Rep. Tim Butler... View the video of the signing ceremony at https://youtu.be/_vxaGbTMifM.

Aug 10, 2016

The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway will be out in full force at a number of Central Illinois Route 66 upcoming events, and has also been providing support for these activities and projects along the Mother Road.

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Announces Selfies On 66 Grand Prize Winner
Aug 01, 2016

For the last year, the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway has encouraged travelers to share their Selfie photos along Illinois Route 66, and each month our social media followers have voted for their favorite, and will continue to do so. The monthly photo with the most likes/comments/shares won an Illinois Route 66 commemorative license plate and baseball hat. Once per year, the Byway lets voters choose from the 12 monthly winners, and the photo that gets the most likes/comments/shares wins the grand prize: a basket full of Illinois Route 66 memorabilia, gift certificates, and more! This year, our very first grand prize winner is Lenny Scinto from the Chicagoland area (see the winning selfie taken in Pontiac, IL). Congratulations!

Voting Begins on the Grand Prize Winner for the Selfies on 66 Contest
Jul 06, 2016
It's time to vote on our grand prize winner for the Selfies on 66 contest! Here are our 12 monthly winners from the past year: It's up to you to tell us which one you like best. Place your vote on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages, and we'll send the person with the most votes our grand prize (which includes a Route 66 poster, sign, and swag from some of our Illinois communities!). Then keep the contest going by submitting your selfie at selfieson66.com! #MyIL66
Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center First Anniversary Includes Economic Impact Assessment
Apr 27, 2016
The Sound of Illinois Chorus performed "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" and other favorites to kick off (appropriately) the one year anniversary of the opening of the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center, located on the ground floor of the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois on April 25th. The Museum also provided free admission to the new permanent exhibit gallery, Making a Home, which explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.
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