Welcome to my Illinois Bicentennial Celebration page. Here you will find information on all the latest plans, initiatives, and programs for the upcoming celebration of the State of Illinois. I hope you find this page useful as we begin to celebrate Illinois' 200th birthday! 


Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Illinois Bicentennial Commission holds its first meeting

The Illinois Bicentennial Commission kicked off their work today as the first meeting was held at the Old State Capitol. 

At the meeting, Governor Rauner and Bicentennial Office Executive Director Stuart Layne unveiled the official bicentennial logo. The navy and gold design with 21 gold stars represents Illinois’ entry as the 21st state in the union. The colors are a nod to the State of Illinois’ official seal.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sen. Althoff appointed to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission

State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) has been appointed to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which is tasked with leading the planning and celebration of the state’s 200th anniversary in 2018.

“Illinois has such an important and rich history,” said Sen. Althoff, co-chair of the Historic Preservation Legislative Caucus. “The Illinois Bicentennial is a great opportunity to celebrate that history but to also look forward to our future achievements.”

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Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016

Governor announces bicentennial commission

Governor Bruce Rauner this week signed an Executive Order to create the new Illinois Bicentennial Commission, as well as the Governor's Office of the Illinois Bicentennial to lead the planning for the celebration of  the state's 200th anniversary. 

"The Illinois Bicentennial is an incredible opportunity to celebrate Illinois' contributions to the country and the world and plan for our next 200 years of innovation and achievements," said Governor Rauner. "I look forward to the commission's recommendations on how best to move forward to ensure that this well be a celebration to remember." 

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