Springfield Journal Register

February 11, 2006

Cellini named to Lincoln Bicentennial Commission


WASHINGTON - Julie Cellini, who chairs the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency board, has been appointed by President Bush to serve on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

The 15-member commission was created by Congress to plan a national celebration of Lincoln's 200th birthday in 2009. The panel is co-chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; U.S. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria; and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer.

Cellini, of Springfield, was a driving force behind creation and development of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. She serves on the bicentennial commission's advisory council and is involved in the formation of the state's own bicentennial commission.

She'll attend the federal commission's meeting here next week, hoping to pick up some ideas on what other states are doing.

"I'd like to see the commission work closely with the bicentennial commissions in Indiana and Kentucky and Illinois. These are Lincoln states, and we all need to do things cooperatively," said Cellini. "I'm really hopeful there will be joint ventures here in the heartland among all three of the states and certainly with the national commission, too."

Cellini was recommended to Bush in April by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. She replaces former Gov. Jim Thompson, who resigned from the commission last year.

She is secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation, the fundraising arm at the library and museum.