Monday Marks 200 Years of Statehood

 Daniel Pope Cook led the Illinois statehood effort. (photo courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library)

Daniel Pope Cook led the Illinois statehood effort. (photo courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library)

This week in our look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio’s Tara McClellan McAndrew has a story for the entire state. Tomorrow is the state’s 200th birthday. Illinois has grown to become a national force and the powerful center of the Midwestern economy; but there was a time when statehood was far from certain. From Springfield, Tara has the story of a bit of deception was the key to statehood. She talked with Sean Crawford about the story and the trickery.

 The First Illinois State Capital was in Kaskaskia (photo courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)

The First Illinois State Capital was in Kaskaskia (photo courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)