2017 Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted!

It's that time of year again! Until December 31, 2016, we will be accepting nominations for our Class of 2017 Hall of Fame inductees.

Clay Dooley_0.pngOur Hall of Famers are a prestigious group - we've been honoring a select handful of inductees each year since 1990. Nominations are reviewed and voted upon by our Hall of Fame Committee. Winners will be notified early in 2017 and will be honored at an induction ceremony that will take place on the second weekend June, on the Saturday of our annual Motor Tour weekend.

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.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a person or place to the Hall of Fame, that has contributed to the education of others and/or promotion of Rt.66 in Illinois.

General Guidelines for nominating to the Illinois Route 66 Association Hall of Fame:

Anyone may nominate, but self-nomination is not permitted, and those currently on the HoF Committee are not eligible. Induction is considered an honor and there is no absolute right or guarantee of induction. No Association member shall be held liable for not selecting any nominee. All material submitted to the committee shall become property of the Association unless stated otherwise.

Suggested points to include in a nomination to the Illinois Route 66 Association Hall of Fame:

  • Your name, address, phone number and email address
  • Name of the Nominee Individual OR Place OR Individual and place OR Individual and family OR Individual, family, and place
  • Who is/are this (these) person (people)? Where is the nominee located?
  • Is the nominee living? If not, are family members still around?
  • Are the nominee and/or family members involved and supportive of this nomination?
  • If the nominee is a structure – Is it still standing? What is it being used for?
  • What is the nominee’s connection to Route 66?
  • How did the nominee contribute to the historical status of Route 66 in Illinois?
  • What contribution did the nominee make to
  • educate-promote Route 66 in Illinois? Provide a timeline of the nominee’s life and connection to Route 66.
  • Was the nominee born on Rt. 66? Did the nominee live on Rt. 66?
  • If the nominee had a business on the highway – how is it connected to Route 66?
  • What has the nominee done to be worthy of consideration for the Route 66 Hall of Fame? Is there anything unique or unusually special about this nominee on Route 66 in Illinois? Is the nominee’s contribution considered exceptional? In what way?
  • Do you have photos and/or other memorabilia from this nominee that clearly establish the connection between the nominee and Route 66 in Illinois? This could include newspaper articles, magazine articles, etc. If so please submit some of them or copies of them.
  • Do you have any letters of support for this nomination? If so please submit them. Establishing a connection to Route 66 in Illinois is very important in this annual selection process.

Your application will be judged by comparing your nomination to others who will be presenting similar documents and material.

If a nominee is not selected the nomination is held for two more years and reconsidered each of those years.

Submit your nomination(s) to:
"Hall of Fame Committee"
c/o The Route 66 Association of Illinois
110 W. Howard
Pontiac, IL 61764

Click to download a printable list of Hall of Fame Nomination Guidelines.

Share this

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:
Membership
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.