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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.

Pontiac Calendar for May, 2012

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander from Pontiac Tourism for providing us with their calendar of events for the month.

Click to view Pontiac's May 2012 Calendar.

2012 Edwardsville Route 66 Festival

Our thanks to Nicole Dicks of Cork Tree Creative for providing the following information for us to share:

The Edwardsville Route 66 Festival committee gathered early this year in preparation of what is expected to be one of the most anticipated community-wide events in the City of Edwardsville in 2012. Popular headlining acts like Dr. Zhivegas, greater community participation, a new kick-off sock hop event and car show are just a few of the draws for the festival being held Thursday, June 7, Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, 2012.

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Experience the Elwood Route 66 Extravaganza

We thank Will County Representative, Dorothy McMullen, for submitting the following information for us to share:

Come join the fun and excitement on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Elwood’s beautiful Lloyd Erickson Park. The celebration is the finale of the Illinois Route 66 Association’s annual two day motor tour of the historic highway. This event is open and free to everyone.

Listen and dance to the music of Jim Hannah and the Country Boys with Ron Gonsoulin. They will keep the place jumping from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Enjoy the local favorite foods and drinks, explore the Children’s Garden, bring the family and enjoy an old fashioned country gathering.

When the last song is sung and the sun goes down, stay for the movie in the park; reminiscent of a drive-in theatre experience.

From the north: Travel south on Rt. 66 (Rt. 53) to Mississippi St. Turn right and follow through town to Chicago Ave. Turn right and follow to Lloyd Erickson Park on the left.

From the south: Travel north on Route 66 (Rt. 53) to Douglas St. Go left and follow to Mississippi St. Go left and follow to Chicago St. Go right and follow to Lloyd Erickson Park on the left.

Route 66 Quilt to be Raffled Off

Here it is - This year's Red Carpet Quilt! The charming quilt is reversible and was handmade to celebrate this years RCC event! It will be raffled off this weekend to a lucky winner.

The quilt is approximately 78" X 88" and will be on display at the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum both Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6th.

Tickets are $1 each / 6 for $5.

Winner need not be present to win - winner will be notified by phone.

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Exelon's Red Carpet Ride Begins in Wilmington

Our thanks to Pam Monson of Wilmington Chamber of Commerce for providing the following information about the Red Carpet Corridor Festivities taking place in their community:

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2nd Annual Red Carpet Ride

May 5, 2012
9:00 AM
North Water @ Jackson Street
Wilmington, IL

Start and end location - Corner of North Water Street and Jackson Street, Wilmington, IL. Free parking is in the city lot just west of the millrace.

The registration table in Wilmington will be open beginning at 8:30 a.m. To assist with planning, we encourage all riders to preregister at www.active.com.

Got Content?

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

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

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.