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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. 
 
"In an effort to plan accordingly, I believe the State should take a lead role in planning a year-long celebration that would foster activities and commemorations to attract people to our 300-mile stretch of 66.  That is why I am introducing this legislation today."
State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) today applauded the new path Governor Bruce
Rauner set towards commemorating the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018. Executive Order 2016-10, signed by the Governor today, officially creates a state Bicentennial Office and streamlines the current Bicentennial Commission; a move Butler says is key towards a successful celebration.   

“The Bicentennial is a tremendous opportunity for us to tell the story of Illinois to the nation and the world,” said Butler.  “Illinois is truly a crossroads for our country, blessed with an abundance of talented individuals and a wealth of natural resources that make us the envy of other states.   I’ve pushed to make sure we don’t miss this opportunity to tell our story.” 
SOS Reinstates Vehicle Registration Reminder Notices
Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that his office has reinstated the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers. To offset the cost of the mailings, White is drafting legislation allowing his office to offer advertising space on the mailings. In addition, White is urging the public to sign-up for email notices to further reduce mailing costs.

The Secretary of State’s office discontinued mailing reminders in October 2015 due to the lack of funding as a direct result of the state budget impasse. The stop-gap budget recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor allows White’s office to reinstate the notices.

Butler, Jimenez Appointed to Cost-Saving State Government Suggestion Award Board
Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez and myself will help advance state cost saving suggestions from Illinois state employees as part of the newly-reactivated State Government Suggestion Award Board. The Board (SGSAB) reviews and forwards to state agencies specific suggestions that will help state government reduce costs and improve efficiency. Employees who submit successful cost saving suggestions are eligible for cash awards.

The SGSAB was created in 2013, but has fallen inactive. This month the Board was reactivated by the Rauner Administration to allow state employees to participate personally in helping cut costs and make state government more efficient and effective. Awards for successful suggestions are based on the cost savings generated, but may be as much as $5,000.

Engaging our state employees to find innovative solutions to save tax dollars is vital during this time of budget constraints and will give an avenue for us to find these savings.  I'm honored to be appointed and I look forward to serving on this board.

Season Announcement for 2016-17 Covers Ducks, Geese & Teal
The first waterfowl season will allow the taking of Canada geese and will open on September 1. Other seasons will open thereafter. The seasons open and close according to a schedule devised by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in order to maintain the populations being hunted. Licensed hunters are requested to adhere to bag limits and other regulations established for this purpose. The seasons cover a variety of ducks, geese, mergansers and teal.

In the News
House Republicans file resolution asking auditor to step down - WCIA3; July 15, 2016
Will latest school funding commission be the charm? - SJR; July 16, 2016
Joey talks with Rep. Butler about the budget, the map amendment, term limits and FOIA requests - WTAX; July 28, 2016 


Explore the 87th District
Honored to participate in the Sherman Village Board
meeting on July 19 to recognize some very special local citizens.

Rep. Sara and I helped dedicate the Dr. Benjamin Franklin Stephenson Library at the national headquarters of the Daughters of Union Veterans on Walnut Street (in the 99th!).

Supporting the American Cancer Society at the Springfield Sliders game.

Nice catch at the free fishing event held at Conservation World.

Springfield-area Representatives Tim Butler and Sara Wojcicki Jimenez will help advance state cost saving suggestions from Illinois state employees as part of the newly-reactivated State Government Suggestion Award Board.  The Board (SGSAB) reviews and forwards to state agencies specific suggestions that will help state government reduce costs and improve efficiency.  Employees who submit successful cost saving suggestions are eligible for cash awards.

“Engaging our state employees to find innovative solutions to save tax dollars is vital during this time of budget constraints," said Rep. Butler (R-Springfield). "This gives an avenue for us to find these savings.  I'm honored to be appointed and I look forward to serving on this board.”
Stopgap Budget and Funding for Education Signed Into Law
On June 30th the General Assembly finally took a step forward with a bipartisan negotiated compromise (P.A. 99-524) that will fund core services of state government. This compromise is far from perfect, but it shows that both sides can work together to get things done for the citizens of this diverse state. The negotiated compromise signed into law fully funds education for the first time in seven years, ensuring that K-12 schools will reopen on time. State universities, community colleges and other essential public facilities will receive much needed appropriations. Just as important, funds are earmarked to enable the fulfillment of this summer’s construction schedule for the repair and maintenance of State roads, bridges, and mass transit facilities and most importantly critical human services will receive funding. We still have much more work to do to get a complete resolution. I pledge to continue working on finding solutions to the problems we face in our state.

House Approves Resolution Honoring Rochester Rockets
On June 29th I had the privilege of honoring the Rochester High School Rockets Girls Soccer team at the State Capitol. During their visit the House passed a resolution I filed to congratulate the Rockets on the occasion of winning the 2016 Class 2A State Soccer Title. The Rochester Rockets defeated Deerfield High School 4-0 on June 4, 2016 at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium at North Central College in Naperville to win the State Title, finishing their season with an impressive record of 25-2-1. This championship title is the second straight title for the Rochester Rockets after they won the Class 1A championship in 2015 and the third in the school's history, the Rochester Rockets first won the championship in 2008.
State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) released the following statement after passage of a stop-gap State budget:

“Today the General Assembly finally took a step forward with a bipartisan negotiated compromise that will fund core services of state government.  This compromise is far from perfect, but it shows that both sides can work together to get things done for the citizens of this diverse state.

It is vitally important that we fund education, and this bill fully funds education for the first time in seven years.  It is vitally important that we fund our transportation projects, and this bill provides resources for infrastructure improvements.  It is vitally important that we fund our human services programs and this bill funds critical human services.  Many other vital state services need to be funded, and they are funded in this bill.

We still have much more work to do to get a complete resolution, but I will continue to work to find solutions to the problems we face in our state.”
On Wednesday, June 29th State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) honored the Rochester High School Rockets girls soccer team for their success on winning the Class 2A state championship. The girls soccer team have won back-to-back titles and have played in three straight championship games.