Minute Book Purchased with Penny Drive Visits the House Floor

“It was my honor to present on the House floor the Sangamon County Minute Book from the 1830s and congratulate the school children of Sangamon County for their hard work in collecting 1.8 million pennies to purchase this historic Abraham Lincoln book which includes a passage attesting to Lincoln’s good moral character. President Lincoln needed that in order to practice law in Illinois at that time."

"I am so proud of the over 60 schools across the county that participated in the Illinois Proud Penny Drive and to all the incredible partners they had in the community to raise the necessary funds to bring this book back home to Sangamon County as part of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration. The Minute Book will now be permanently housed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum for everyone to come and learn about the early history of Abraham Lincoln’s career right here in Springfield. The Illinois House passed HR1271 to officially congratulate all the students for their hard work on this campaign. Congratulations again to all who participated in the Illinois Proud Penny Drive!” -Rep. Sara Jimenez

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