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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner announced he has appointed Illinois Rep. Tim Butler to serve as co-chair of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Butler joins fellow co-chairs Gloria Castillo and Lori Healey.

“I would like to thank Gov. Rauner for this tremendous honor,” said Butler, R-Springfield. “For me, the Illinois Bicentennial is personal. I’m proud that my family’s roots extend to the very beginning of our state and I look forward to continuing the Bicentennial Commission’s work as we celebrate all that is Born, Built, and Grown in Illinois throughout 2018.”

Butler symbolizes the Bicentennial theme. A Peoria native, he is the great, great, great great-grandson of Lewis Barker, who was elected in 1818 as the state senator from Pope County and who served during the first four Illinois general assemblies. 

Butler is currently serving his second term and represents the same district Abraham Lincoln represented during his time in the Illinois House of Representatives.

“Tim wears his pride for his home state on his sleeve,” commented Stuart Layne, executive director of the Illinois Bicentennial Office. “He has been an incredible asset to the Bicentennial Commission, and he has enthusiastically worked to create a successful Bicentennial celebration.”
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."

Representative Butler voted no on legislation that would allow law enforcement to utilize drone technology at large scale public events. Rep. Butler stressed that citizens' Constitutional rights must not be violated by crowd control/safety arrangements put in place for concerts and other large public events.

Rep. Butler on Thursday helped with House passage of legislation addressing the oldest unpaid bill in Illinois' bill backlog -  back pay owed to state AFSCME workers promised to them in a contract negotiated in 2011.

In recognition of Illinois' bicentennial year, Representative Butler shared with his House colleagues Wednesday the story of why April 18 is a  historic day in Illinois history. 200 years ago on April 18 the federal legislation enabling Illinois to move towards statehood was enacted by President Monroe.

This week Rep. Butler led the Illinois House in recognizing and congratulating the Rochester Rockets High School football team on clinching their second consecutive state championship title.