Carbondale Raises Illinois Bicentennial Flag

Flag raising kicks off state's bicentennial

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They added singing the state song as a bonus.

Sunday marked Illinois' 199th birthday, and on Monday, events were held statewide to officially launch a year's worth of activities leading up to the state's 200th birthday on December 3, 2018, including a bicentennial flag-raising at Dixon City Hall. We still have 51 weeks to go before they light the 200 candles on the state's birthday cake.

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"We are proud in Will County to display this attractive flag and acknowledge our state's 200th birthday", Will County Executive Larry Walsh Sr. said at that ceremony, according to a news release from the county.

Also, Illinois' politics have fractured residents into separate pockets.

It lacks a centerpiece Illinoisans can point to with pride, one that speaks to this generation and future ones. "This celebration also honors the many ways IL has influenced American history, achievement, culture, innovation and more".

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Here are some quick facts on IL.

"We need the youth, we need everybody in the state of IL to join together and continue to make this a great state". For comparison, that would be the population of Oswego. Daylong events are scheduled at Navy Pier in Chicago and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

IL has had three state capitals: Kaskaskia, Vandalia, and Springfield.

Three of the nation's largest rivers are in IL: the OH, the Missouri and the Mississippi.

While the idea was broached three years ago, by then Governor Quinn, downstate newspapers in Springfield and Peoria have been critical of the celebration, funding, and possible success.

"The Illinois Bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to fall in love with Illinois all over again".

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