“The Illinois Bicentennial is an opportunity for us
to come together and celebrate our great state,” said Governor
Rauner. “I can’t think of a better way to kick things off than
reflecting on the influential history that brought us here.”
Illinois high school and college students will have a chance to help
kickoff the Bicentennial Celebration by entering a video contest
called Something to Learn about Illinois History.
From July 17 to August 31, high school and college students
registered in Illinois can submit 45-60 second videos on an Illinois
historical fact, event, place or person at www.illinois200.com.
One hundred winners will be chosen and will be posted each day as
part of the 100 Day Countdown on Illinois200.com, Bicentennial
social media platforms and on the digital platforms of media
partners WGN Radio Plus and the State Journal Register.
The countdown will begin on Constitution Day, August 26, 2017 and
run up to the State’s birthday December 3, 2017, the first day of
the 200th year.
BMO Harris Bank is the sponsor of the 100 Day Countdown to the
“We are proud and excited to support the 100 Day Countdown,
especially as it is occurring during a year in which BMO is
celebrating its own bicentennial,” said David Casper, President and
CEO, BMO Harris Bank.
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The winners of the Something to Learn about Illinois video
contest will each receive two tickets to the December 3, 2017 Chicago matinee
performance of Hamilton, the start of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration.
Public events to kick off the Bicentennial on December 3 will
take place with family activities on Navy Pier. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum in Springfield will be open for free and attendees will have
a chance to preview the 2018 Bicentennial exhibit.
Illinois was recognized as a State on December 3, 1818 and the
official Illinois Bicentennial will be celebrated in 2018 with events planned
across the State on Constitution Day August 26, 2018 and the grand birthday
celebration at the United Center on December 3, 2018.
Statewide partners and event and project managers who are planning activities
between December 3, 2017 and December 3, 2018 can apply for endorsement by
Illinois Bicentennial. Visit the PARTICIPATE page at
www.illinois 200.com for more
information and to submit an Application for Endorsement.
[Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner]