Rep. Jeanne Ives Helps Bring USS Illinois Submarine Display to State Capitol

In June of this year, the first naval vessel since 1897 which carries the State of Illinois’ name will launch from a harbor in Connecticut. On April 29th, crew members for the new USS Illinois and members of the submarine’s commissioning committee will be in the Capitol Rotunda to meet with lawmakers and the public.

“The USS Illinois is the 13th Virginia Class nuclear submarine to be built,” said State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), who helped coordinate the USS Illinois display at the Capitol. “She is only the second U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned with the name ‘USS Illinois’ since a battleship with that name was commissioned in 1897.”

According to Ives, the Capitol display will feature an eight-foot model of the submarine, and the crew members and commissioning committee representatives will provide information about the upcoming commissioning of the ship, which is scheduled for December 20 of this year. The submarine is currently under construction at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.

“Representative Keith Wheeler and I helped coordinate the visit and we are pleased that visitors to our State Capitol on the 29th will be able to stop at the booth and learn about Illinois’ newest namesake ship.”

The booth will be set up in the rotunda on April 29 from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Additional information about the USS Illinois can be found at www.ussillinois.org.

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