Joining Chairman McIntyre in recognizing the County's efforts to improve wellness, quality of life and the associated economic impact of Historic Route 66 and the Historic Route 66 Trail were Congressman Darin LaHood,
Congressman Rodney Davis, State Rep. Dan Brady, State Rep. Tim Butler, County Board Member Jacob Beard and Towanda Village Council Member Deb Kinsella.
Congressman Davis stated "I am proud to have America’s most iconic road run through the middle of my district and it’s important we celebrate its history. Historical Route 66 and the businesses located along it are responsible for thousands of jobs and millions in state and local revenue to support our communities. I'm honored to celebrate the opening of this historic trail and look forward to celebrating 100th anniversary of Route 66 in 2026.”
"It's an honor to have Congressmen Davis and LaHood here today to help us celebrate the completion of this Historic Route 66 Trail," said McIntyre. "Route 66 helps drive economic success in McLean County and I appreciate our representatives for their national leadership to highlight its importance to our local communities. This trail will not only recognize Route 66's history but also encourage more people and businesses to call these communities home."
Congressman LaHood is currently sponsoring a bill to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail and Congressman Davis is sponsoring a bill creating a Commission to recognize the upcoming Centennial of Route 66.