Illinois Bicentennial

IDHR and SIU-C Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Oct 3, 2018

The Illinois Department of Human Rights and SIU recognized those who promote fairness and equality for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Illinois and Springfield officials gathered in the capital city Sunday to dedicate a new plaza celebrating the state’s 200th anniversary.

The pedestrian walkway spans a block between the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Illinois Executive Mansion.

The Illinois Constitution was first signed 200 years ago this Sunday, August 26th.

Stuart Lane, executive director of the governor's office of the Illinois Bicentennial says there will be a lot to see.

DuQuoin State Fair
IL Dept of Agriculture

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jak Tichenor about "DuQuoin State Fair Memories," an event on August 26 that will highlight Illinois' Bicentennial as well as the Perry County institution.

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WNYC

WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson continues his series on the Illinois Bicentennial.

In this edition, Pete takes exception with some of the public's choices in a list of the state's top ten authors.

Historian and author Gillum Ferguson discusses his book "Illinois In The War Of 1812."

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NPR Illinois

Illinois will soon mint commemorative coins to mark the state’s 200th birthday. Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs unveiled the final design Monday in Springfield.

As Illinois celebrates its bicentennial year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks back at the history of the state's professional hockey and basketball teams and the joy they have brought to fans, especially over the past three decades.

Kaskaskia: The Original Illinois Capital

Apr 2, 2018
Photograph taken at the Randolph County Archives and Museum, January 2018.
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Kaskaskia Illinois, across the river from Chester, is in Randolph County.  The Village has a historical place in the state because it was the state's first Capital.

Reading Baseball: The Stratton Story

Mar 30, 2018

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us why he thinks a baseball film from nearly 70 years ago should've been included on Illinois' bicentennial list of all-time great movies.

The U.S. Postal Service has designed a stamp to commemorate Illinois' bicentennial.

The forever stamp celebrates the 200th birthday of the state on December 3rd.

As Illinois celebrates its Bicentennial we take a close look at, perhaps, the most well-known Illinoisan, our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.

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WBUR

Illinois celebrates its bicentennial in 2018.

Although football has not been around quite that long, the state's  long and successful history on the gridiron started as early as the 19th century.

WSIU contributor Pete Peterson has more in this special report.

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Union County Bicentennial Celebration Organization

A southern Illinois county will kick off its bicentennial celebration this weekend.

Pat Brumleve is president of the Union County Historical and Genealogy Society. He says the county actually has a longer history than the state of Illinois.

Humans In Southern Illinois - Long Before Statehood

Jan 3, 2018
Photo Provided by Dr. Mark Wagner Director of Center for Archaeological Investigations at SIU Carbondale.

Centuries   before Europeans arrived in Illinois, Native Americans made the state their home.  One expert illustrates just how long southern Illinois has been inhabited.

Carbondale Raises Illinois Bicentennial Flag

Dec 4, 2017
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

On Monday, December 4th, 2017, Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry raised the official Illinois Bicentennial flag  in front of a crowd of about a  dozen local officials, and state lawmakers.

The Legacy of Rend Lake and Southern Illinois.

Nov 3, 2017

As Illinois looks forward to its Bicentennial Celebration, starting on December 3rd, WSIU's Jordan Maddox tells us the story of how a man-made lake, which almost never got built, contributed to the growth of southern Illinois.

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Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

As Illinois begins its Bicentennial countdown Saturday, the co-chair of the bicentennial committee says the celebration of Illinois offers unique opportunities in this part of the state.

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Illinois 2020

One lucky brewery will get to make the official craft beer of Illinois' bicentennial celebration.

Illinois is getting ready to celebrate a milestone. In 2018, the state turns 200.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday used his executive authority to create an office and a 51-member commission (members haven't yet been appointed) to coordinate the festivities.

"And we want leaders from all over the state coming up with their ideas and recommendations on how we can best celebrate," he said. "It's going to be a lot of fun, it's going to be a really big deal."