Illinois starting yearlong celebration leading up to 200th birthday

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois leaders celebrated the state’s 199th birthday with eyes on its 200th in a year.

Gov. Bruce Rauner participated in events at Chicago’s Navy Pier Sunday, the day Illinois became the 21st state 199 years ago. Other commemorations took place in Springfield.

The state is planning a yearlong celebration leading up to its 200th birthday on December 3, 2018.

Many municipalities will begin the celebration with a special flag-raising ceremony on Monday.

That includes Metropolis which will be raising the Bicentennial flag at the Superman Statue, Carbondale which be raising the flag outside the city hall, and Murphsyboro which will be raising the flag outside the Jackson County Courthouse. All these flag-raising ceremonies will take place at Noon.

Illinois’ recorded history began in 1673 when missionary Jacques Marquette and fur trader Louis Jolliet became the first Europeans to explore it. President James Monroe’s signature made it a state on Dec. 3, 1818.

State Rep. Tim Butler is a Springfield Republican and member of the Bicentennial Commission. He has said the bicentennial offers an opportunity for Illinoisans to “foster a renewed pride in our state.”

Other municipalities hosting a Bicentennial flag raising ceremony on Monday are:

  • Adams County
  • Bond County
  • City of Batavia
  • City of Bunker Hill
  • City of Charleston
  • City of Columbia
  • City of Delavan
  • City of East Peoria
  • City of Georgetown
  • City of Grayville
  • City of Lacon
  • City of Lawrenceville
  • City of Macomb
  • City of McLeansboro
  • City of Metropolis
  • City of Monticello
  • City of Newton
  • City of North Chicago
  • City of Orient
  • City of Pekin
  • City of Peoria
  • City of Peru
  • City of Pittsfield
  • City of Plano
  • City of Prospect Heights
  • City of Red Bud
  • City of Rochelle
  • City of Rock Island
  • City of Rockford
  • City of Springfield
  • City of Streator
  • City of Sullivan
  • City of Troy
  • City of West Chicago
  • City of Wood River
  • Clark County
  • DeKalb County
  • Douglas County
  • Gallatin County
  • Hardin County
  • Henry County
  • Iroquois County
  • Jackson County
  • Johnson County
  • Kendall County
  • Lawrence County
  • Logan County
  • Marion County
  • Massac County
  • McHenry County
  • Monroe County
  • Moultrie County
  • Peoria County
  • Perry County
  • Pope County
  • Randolph County
  • Richland County
  • Shelby County
  • St. Clair County
  • Tazewell County
  • Union County
  • Village of Addison
  • Village of Allenville
  • Village of Armington
  • Village of Arthur
  • Village of Ashmore
  • Village of Bethany
  • Village of Bolingbrook
  • Village of Broadview
  • Village of Buffalo
  • Village of Buffalo Grove
  • Village of Burr Ridge
  • Village of Cantrall
  • Village of Carpentersville
  • Village of Clarendon Hills
  • Village of Cullom
  • Village of Dalton City
  • Village of Forest Park
  • Village of Gays
  • Village of Glencoe
  • Village of Hampshire
  • Village of Hanover Park
  • Village of Hoffman Estates
  • Village of Hudson
  • Village of Itasca
  • Village of Johnsburg
  • Village of Keyesport
  • Village of Lake in the Hills
  • Village of Lakewood
  • Village of Lemont
  • Village of Libertyville
  • Village of Lovington
  • Village of Mahomet
  • Village of Marine
  • Village of Metamora
  • Village of Millington
  • Village of Morton
  • Village of Mount Morris
  • Village of Mount Prospect
  • Village of Mundelein
  • Village of Noble
  • Village of North Aurora
  • Village of North Riverside
  • Village of Oak Brook
  • Village of Oswego
  • Village of Papineau
  • Village of Plainfield
  • Village of Richmond
  • Village of Richton Park
  • Village of Ridgway
  • Village of Roscoe
  • Village of Round Lake
  • Village of Saunemin
  • Village of Sherman
  • Village of Skokie
  • Village of South Holland
  • Village of Steger
  • Village of Stillman Valley
  • Village of Sugar Grove
  • Village of Symerton
  • Village of Willowbrook
  • Village of Wilsonville
  • Village of Woodridge
  • Williamson County
  • Winnebago County

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