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Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket Celebrating 66th Anniversary!

Our thanks to Patrick Rhea from Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket and John Weiss for making this information about this very special anniversary available for us to share!

Route 66 Hall of Famer, Del Rhea's Chicken Basket, in Willowbrook, IL, is celebrating their 66th year in business this July.

In celebration of this monumental anniversary, Del Rhea's Chicken Basket will be hosting many different types of entertainment throughout the month of July.

Call Del Rhea's Chicken Basket for additional information - 630-325-0780.

Some of their featured events and specials will be:

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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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.

Ernie Edwards Passes Away

Ernie Edwards.jpgIt is with a heavy heart and many tears that we say goodbye to a dear friend of ours and of Route 66, Ernie Edwards.

Ernie was owner of the Pig Hip in Broadwell and was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 1990 for the lifetime of memories he created as a fixture along the Mother Road.

Erine passed away on April 11, 2012 at the age of 94. He will be missed greatly by many.

Click to read Ernie's obituary which includes funeral arrangements.

Thanks to Logan County Tourism for providing this official press release for us to share about Ernie.

Photo credit: Geoff Ladd


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Nick Adam Selected as Grand Marshall of Motor Tour

This article appeared on the front page of the Litchfield, IL News-Herald on Thursday, March 29, 2012:

Congratulations to Nick Adam, Owner of the Ariston Cafe, on being selected as the Grand Marshall of the Route 66 Association of Illinois' Motor Tour.

Click to read the article itself.

R.I.P. Francis Mowrey, Hall of Famer

We are sad to report the death of one of our Hall of Fame recipients, Illinois State Police Captain, Francis Mowrey. Captain Mowrey was inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 9, 1990.

Read more about this fine gentleman and dedicated Route 66 supporter in his obituary in the Pantograph.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Capt. Mowrey's family and friends.

2012 Hall of Fame Nominations

Thanks to Secretary of the Hall of Fame Committee, Kathy Miller, for providing the following information for us to share:

It's that time of year! Time to submit nominations for the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame!

Help us to get the word out? Please spread the word to local publications, community websites, post it on your own website if you have one, on your business/house windows and doors.

Click to learn the significance of this honor, the criteria Hall of Fame inductees must meet and the procedure for submitting a nomination.

Workday at the Mill Scheduled

We thank John Weiss for the following announcement:

Attention all Route 66 volunteers. There is a work day scheduled on October 15th, 2011 at the historic Mill in Lincoln, Illinois at 9:30 AM. The motto for Illinois Preservation members is, "We work for food". So the famous Schnitzel sandwiches will be served. That's better then money!!!!!

For more information - John Weiss - 815-458-6616

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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.