Illinois bicentennial

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)

Illinois Supreme Court Celebrates 200 Years

Former Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Thomas presided over the ribbon cutting of a bicentennial exhibit for the Illinois Judicial branch.

Former Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Thomas presided over the ribbon cutting of a bicentennial exhibit for the Illinois Judicial branch.

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.

Visitors can review the Illinois Supreme Court Bicentennial Exhibit at College of DuPage through the end of October

Visitors can review the Illinois Supreme Court Bicentennial Exhibit at College of DuPage through the end of October

An exhibit of the Illinois Judicial system’s bicentennial debuted at College of DuPage this month, it will travel the state through 2019

An exhibit of the Illinois Judicial system’s bicentennial debuted at College of DuPage this month, it will travel the state through 2019

Exhibit Tracks The Route From Illinois to The White House

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

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Photos courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Photos courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum