Bill Text: IL HB0066 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed

Bill Title: Creates the Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission Act. Sets forth the appointment of the members, duties, and meeting requirements of the Commission. Provides that the Commission shall plan and sponsor Route 66 centennial events, programs, and activities and shall encourage the development of programs to involve all citizens in Route 66 centennial events. Requires the Commission to deliver a final report of its activities to the Governor no later than June 30, 2027. Provides that the Commission shall be dissolved on June 30, 2027.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2018-03-13 - Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading March 14, 2018 [HB0066 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB0066-Engrossed.html

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1 AN ACT concerning State government.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission Act.
6 Section 5. Purpose. Route 66 is one of the original
7highways within the National Highway System. The importance of
8Route 66 is rooted within its cultural and historical impact
9beginning with its numerical designation in 1926 to its
10upcoming centennial in 2026.
11 From the outset, public road planners intended for the
12highway to connect the main streets of rural and urban
13communities so that small towns could have access to a major
14national thoroughfare. Illinois has had a major impact on Route
1566 as home to the start of the road in Chicago and the first
16state to have the road paved across the entire State. Route 66
17in Illinois runs almost 300 miles through numerous towns,
18eventually reaching Missouri before continuing its way to Santa
19Monica, California. Since 1989, the Route 66 Association of
20Illinois has been working to preserve and promote the highway
21in Illinois through methods such as establishing the Route 66
22Hall of Fame & Museum. In 2005, the Illinois stretch of Route
2366 received recognition as a National Scenic Byway. The

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1National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
2has awarded more than 23 cost-share grants to assist properties
3in Illinois.
4 2026 will mark the centennial of the creation of Route 66.
5The centennial is an opportunity to promote the preservation
6and commemoration of Route 66 including, but not limited to,
7existing roadways, buildings, and attractions along the route.
8The centennial is also an opportunity to celebrate the
9important history of Route 66 in Illinois through
10commemorative, educational, and community events. The
11centennial celebration may include events about the history of
12how local communities grew and changed with the construction of
13Route 66, the cultural impact of Route 66 within the United
14States and internationally, the portrayal of Route 66 in music,
15artwork, and folklore, and how to maintain the mystique and
16appeal of Route 66 for future generations.
17 Section 10. Commission. The Commission shall be composed
18of 20 members who reflect the interests, history, and
19importance of the communities along Route 66 in Illinois. The
20members shall be appointed as follows:
21 (1) two public members appointed by the Speaker of the
22House of Representatives;
23 (2) two public members appointed by the Minority Leader of
24the House of Representatives;
25 (3) two public members appointed by the President of the

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2 (4) two public members appointed by the Minority Leader of
3the Senate;
4 (5) three public members appointed by the Governor, one of
5whom shall serve as chairperson; and
6 (6) nine ex officio members as follows:
7 (A) the Governor, or his or her designee;
8 (B) the Secretary of the Department of Transportation,
9 or his or her designee;
10 (C) the Director of the Illinois Historic Preservation
11 Agency, or his or her designee;
12 (D) the Director of the Department of Natural
13 Resources, or his or her designee;
14 (E) the Director of the Office of Tourism, or his or
15 her designee;
16 (F) the Director of the Department of Commerce and
17 Economic Opportunity, or his or her designee;
18 (G) the Director of the State Archives, or his or her
19 designee;
20 (H) the President of the Route 66 Association of
21 Illinois, or his or her designee; and
22 (I) the Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66
23 Scenic Byway, or his or her designee.
24 Section 15. Ex officio members. An ex officio member of the
25Commission vacates the person's position on the Commission if

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1the person ceases to hold the position that qualifies the
2person for service on the Commission.
3 Section 20. Compensation; expenses.
4 (a) A public member of the Commission is not entitled to
5compensation but is entitled to reimbursement for the travel
6expenses incurred by the member while transacting Commission
8 (b) An ex officio member's service on the Commission is an
9additional duty of the underlying position that qualifies the
10member for service on the Commission. The entitlement of an ex
11officio member to compensation or reimbursement for travel
12expenses incurred while transacting Commission business is
13governed by the law that applies to the member's service in
14that underlying position, and any payment to the member for
15either purpose must be made from an appropriation that may be
16used for the purpose and is available to the State agency that
17the member serves in that underlying position.
18 Section 25. Meetings; quorum; voting.
19 (a) The Commission shall meet at least quarterly at the
20times and places in this State that the Commission designates.
21 (b) A majority of the members of the Commission constitute
22a quorum for transacting Commission business.
23 Section 30. Powers and duties. The Commission shall:

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1 (1) plan and sponsor official Route 66 centennial events,
2programs, and activities in the State;
3 (2) encourage the development of programs designed to
4involve all citizens in activities that commemorate Route 66
5centennial events in the State; and
6 (3) to the best of the Commission's ability, make available
7to the public information on Route 66 centennial events
8happening throughout the State.
9 Section 35. Administrative support. Subject to
10appropriation, the Office of Tourism shall provide
11administrative and other support to the Commission.
12 Section 40. Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission Fund;
13in-kind gifts.
14 (a) The Commission may accept monetary gifts and grants
15from any public or private source, to be held in the Illinois
16Route 66 Centennial Commission Fund. The Illinois Route 66
17Centennial Commission Fund is created as a non-appropriated
18trust fund to be held outside of the State treasury, with the
19State Treasurer as custodian. The Fund shall be expended solely
20for the use of the Commission in performing the Commission's
21powers and duties under this Act.
22 (b) The Commission may also accept in-kind gifts.
23 Section 45. Dissolution of the Commission. No later than

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1June 30, 2027, a final report on the Commission's activities
2shall be delivered to the Governor. The Commission shall be
3dissolved on June 30, 2027, and any assets remaining in the
4Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission Fund shall be deposited
5in to the General Revenue Fund.
6 Section 50. Repeal. This Act is repealed on December 1,