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Two New Items Available to Demonstrate Your Route 66 Spirit!

We're proud to announce two new items are available for purchase through our Association to demonstrate your '66 pride:

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A Funk's Grove Midpoint Commemorative Pin - In honor of the official declaring of Funk's Grove as the midpoint of Route 66 in Illinois, Diaz Sign Art, in Pontiac, IL was commissioned to create this striking commemorative pin.

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A T-shirt adorned with an original Bob Waldmire design - This work of art was created in 1989 by artist, icon and friend of Route 66, Bob Waldmire, exclusively for our Association. It now is emblazoned upon a black T-shirt (made of American-grown cotton and made in the USA) which will be available in sizes Small through 4XL.

Former Snuffy’s Resurrects as the Steak N Egger on Route 66

Our thanks to Chicago-based journalist, Maria R. Traska for submitting the following article:

By Maria R. Traska

A fixture of Route 66 in suburban Chicago has risen again. The former Snuffy’s 24-Hour Grill on Joliet Road in McCook, IL has been gutted, renovated and revived as the Steak N Egger on Route 66. And not a moment too soon. The Route 66 landmark had been closed since late 2010 and hadn’t been open 24/7 for some time. Despite the efforts of the former operators, the place had aged badly and gotten somewhat grubby. The turnaround began last September 15, when the property was bought by new owners.

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History of the Proposed Route 66 Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center

Our thanks to Al Lopinot of Litchfield for writing the following article...

David Jackson was editor of the Litchfield News Herald and a collector of artifacts related to the history of Litchfield. One item that he collected was colored picture postcards of Litchfield. When he passed away several years ago, he left those postcards to his daughter, Anne. Since that time, she has been figuring out how she might make these available to others interested in Litchfield history. She came across a postcard book published by another community and this gave her an idea maybe she shoud do the same.

Evolution of Automobile Safety

In honor of Motor Tour Weekend and the Summer travel season, I thought this an appropriate time to publish the following article.

We thank Brian Alexander for writing and submitting this thoughtful and timely piece on automotive safety through the years.

By Brian L. Alexander

Volunteers Needed in Springfield!

We thank Sangamon County Representative, Johnny Lucchesi, for sending along the following request for volunteers.

Help is needed putting up 14 brown rectangle Historic Route 66 signs approved by IDOT this Friday, June 8, for Motor Tour on Stevenson Drive and Dirksen Parkway in Springfield, IL.

For more info: 217-698-1962

Business Member Love!

We ♥ our business members and they ♥ us!

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Thanks, Vic's Pizza in Springfield, IL! They have great chili, salad bar and dessert pizzas too!

Help save the Dwight Correctional Center!

Help save the Dwight Correctional Center! The local economy depends upon it.

Thanks to Kevin McNamara for the following:

Now that the budget has been approved by the General Assembly, we have to make sure the Governor signs it as submitted and does not line item veto items like funding for Dwight.

If you would, call, email or drop Governor Quinn a note asking him to sign the budget as passed, it would be much appreciated. We can't take anything for granted.

Now that the session is adjourning, I doubt if he will be spending much time in Springfield so I'm giving you the Chicago information.

Governor Pat Quinn
Thompson Center
100 Randolph Street, Floor 16
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-2121

2012 Hall of Fame Nominations Announced

We proudly announce those who will be inducted into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame at our Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. This year's banquet and induction ceremony will be held on June 9 at Lincoln College, in Lincoln, IL.

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame recognizes "those people and places along Route 66 whose blend of hardy individualism and grassroots community spirit gave the road such special character."

To qualify for election to the Hall of Fame, nominees must have made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66 from 1926 to 1977 while it was an official United States highway in the State of Illinois.

A Civil War Re-dedication Along “66”

We thank local historian and author, Joseph D. Kubal for writing the following story and contributing it to our website for us to share.

By Joseph D. Kubal

“Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky,
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.”
-Taps, words by Horace Lorenzo Trim

Within a stone’s throw of historic Route 66 (Joliet Road) at Wolf Road in Indian Head Park, several Civil War soldiers peacefully lay at rest. The stately Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ with its Greek Revival façade and elegant white steeple stands next to the old cemetery, reminiscent of a small town New England landscape. The tidy cemetery, which predates the Civil War, was founded in 1848 on lands donated by the Henry family.

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EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

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110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
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Learning to use our calendar puts the fun and adventure of Route 66 at your fingertips. It's easy to discover the when, what and where of events along the road.

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.