Illinois Bicentennial

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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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
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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."