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.
This is a big year for Illinois. In August of 1818, the state’s founding fathers voted to approve the first Illinois Constitution. The vote created the framework for state government. The bicentennial year has prompted a variety of celebrations, including one at College of DuPage. First Light host Brian O’Keefe was on hand this month for the debut of an exhibit that celebrates 200 years of law in Illinois.
In our look around this state this week, First Light has this story from Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Crawford. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield is on board to celebrate the Illinois bicentennial with an exhibit focused on the four prairie state residents who went on to lead the nation