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January 2012

Route 66 Included in Illinois Lottery Advertisement

Do you recognize any of the locations in this commercial for the Illinois Lottery?

Pontiac Tourism Sets New Visitor Record

Our thanks to Director of Pontiac, IL Tourism, Ellie Alexander for sharing the following press release with us. What a proud distinction for this Route 66 community (and our Museum, too)!

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Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac Tourism, announced today that the number of visitors who came to Pontiac’s Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in 2011 exceeded all expectations. “According to the records kept by the docents at the Route 66 museum, over 19,000 guests came through their doors this past year,” Alexander noted. “That represents a 40% increase over 2010.”

Museum Work Day - Pontiac, IL

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 9:00am

Please join us as we put our efforts where our passions are! Help us spruce up the joint for tourist season!

Museum Work Day
Sunday, March 25, 2012
9:00 AM
Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum
110 W. Howard St.
Pontiac, IL

Hall of Fame Meeting - Atlanta, IL

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 10:00am

Hall Of Fame Meeting
for Hall of Fame Committee Members only
Sunday, March 18, 2012
10:00 AM
Palms Grill Cafe
110 SW Arch Street
Atlanta, IL

Motor Tour Meeting - Atlanta, IL

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 1:00pm

Motor Tour Meeting
All are welcome to attend!
We look forward to meeting new volunteers to help with planning this exciting event!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
12:00 PM
Palms Grill Cafe
110 SW Arch St.
Atlanta, IL

Ronnie Baker Brooks - Joliet, IL

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 6:45pm - 10:00pm

Ronnie Baker Brooks performs
at the Joliet Area Historical Museum

Thursday February 2, 2012
6:45 PM - 10:00 PM
Doors open at 6:45 - Show starts at 7:30

Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL (Cass & Ottawa)
In the Museum's Caterpillar Auditorium

To Register:
Go to
Call us at (815) 723-5201 ext.222

You're invited to join us at the Joliet Area Historical Museum for a very special show with Ronnie Baker Brooks, performing a solo show in an intimate setting. Ronnie will share stories that include growing up around some Blues legends like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and his own legendary father and Blues Hall Of Famer Lonnie Brooks!

New Route 66 News Editor

fall06 photos.jpgHi, Route 66 Association of Illinois fans! It’s me, website Editor Gina with a very exciting announcement. I am proud to announce that I’ve been chosen to take the reigns as Editor of the Association Newsletter, The 66 News, which you eagerly await by mail.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the previous Editors, Kathy Miller and Jim Jones for their dedication and tireless efforts for many years creating an informative and enjoyable Newsletter. I have some mighty big shoes to fill!

But fill them I will! I have some ideas I’m anxious to implement and I look forward to jumping into the process effectively immediately. Right off the bat, I’d like to invite you, one and all, to submit content for publication in the Newsletter. I want to be able to rely and depend upon all you dedicated roadies, officers, board members and Association members alike to keep the stream of information and stories from the road pouring in so I can disperse it through the 66 News. To that end, I have some plans to make that process easy and convenient. Stay tuned for details...

In the coming weeks, I’ll be calling upon you for your opinions and sharing my vision for the future of the 66 News. I look forward to making a lot of new acquaintances and friends as I assume these new responsibilities.

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Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
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Here's How!

Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.