Columbus Day Is It Time For Illinois To Stop Celebrating Columbus Day? By Rachel Otwell • Oct 8, 2018 States like Hawaii, South Dakota and Alaska have replaced Columbus Day with the designation of ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day.' It's a trend that goes back decades, and in 2017 a law was signed that brought Illinois up to speed with that trend. Sort of. Illinois Joins States Celebrating "Indigenous Peoples' Day" By Rachel Otwell • Oct 9, 2017 Across the country, some cities are giving up Columbus Day and replacing the designation with ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” The state of Illinois has tried to find a middle ground. Replicas of Columbus' Ships Make a Stop in Cape Girardeau By Benjy Jeffords • Oct 6, 2017 Benjy Jeffords / WSIU Listen Listening... / 4:23 Replicas of Columbus' Ships Make a Stop in Cape Girardeau More than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus set sail in three ships looking for a faster route to Asia. He ended up discovering the Bahamas and a new world.