Kinzinger Introduces Bill to Expand Lincoln Heritage Area in Illinois
New Additions to Heritage Area Would Now Include All the Sites of Lincoln’s Legal Career and Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Congressman Adam Kinzinger was joined by Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Rodney Davis (IL-13) and John Shimkus (IL-15) to introduce H.R. 2879, the bipartisan, bicameral Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Amendment Act.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Adam Kinzinger(IL-16) was joined by Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Rodney Davis (IL-13) and John Shimkus (IL-15) to introduce H.R. 2879, the bipartisan, bicameral Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Amendment Act, which would add Livingston County, the City of Freeport in Stephenson County, and the City of Jonesboro in Union County to the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Illinois Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin introduced H.R. 2879’s companion legislation in the Senate.
The Heritage Area currently covers 42 counties across Illinois. By adding Livingston County, and the cities of Freeport and Jonesboro, all of the sites of Lincoln’s legal career within the Eight Judicial District, as well as the sites of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, would now be included in the Heritage Area.
“As one of our nation’s most revered leaders, Abraham Lincoln held our nation together in one of its most challenging times,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “As President, his vision echoed the values of freedom, opportunity, and equality. I am proud to introduce this legislation to strengthen the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area’s mission of telling the story of Lincoln’s life and time in central Illinois.”
“This legislation completes the nationally significant story of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois,” said Sarah Watson, Executive Director of the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. “Communities within the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area reap the economic benefits of having visitors come to learn more about their communities in the context of Abraham Lincoln’s life. We appreciate the work of the sponsors of this legislation which will further our mission of preserving, interpreting, and promoting the heritage and culture of Abraham Lincoln’s life in these communities.”