Rauner Addresses First Meeting of Illinois Bicentennial Commission
Official Bicentennial logo unveiled and
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[January 17, 2017]
– Governor Bruce Rauner convened the first meeting of the Illinois
Bicentennial Commission Thursday, and unveiled the official
Bicentennial logo at the Old State Capitol. The co-chairs of the
Bicentennial Commission were also announced.
“From Kaskaskia to Vandalia and now Springfield,
this has been a long time coming, and I am honored that you can be a
part of this effort to honor our past while paving the way for our
future,” Governor Rauner said. “From our rich history to our rich
soil Illinois has changed over the last two centuries but our focus
is still much the same. We’re still deeply rooted and invested in
our children’s education, moving Illinois forward through innovation
and technology and working together to make our great state the best
place to live in the country.”
At the meeting, Governor Rauner and Bicentennial Office Executive
Director Stuart Layne unveiled the official bicentennial logo. The
logo was created and donated by Ben Olsen, of Schaumburg PR agency 3
Monkeys and Aardvark Studios. 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.
“The sunburst in the middle of the state outline portrays the impact
Illinois has made on the country and the world over the past two
centuries and the bright future we aspire to for the next 200
years,” said Layne.
The meeting was called to order by the Commission’s newly appointed
Gloria Castillo is president and CEO of Chicago United, a
not-for-profit organization that promotes multi-racial leadership in
business and parity of economic opportunity for people of color.
Through her 20 years of leadership in Chicago, Gloria served on the
boards of The Field Foundation of Illinois, Intersect Illinois,
MALDEF, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Workforce Investment
Council, World Sports Chicago, and The Chicago Network.
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Randy Dunn is president of the SIU System and is based at SIU-Carbondale. He
previously worked as president at two other state institutions and as the State
Superintendent of Education. He has served on several committees and boards
including the American Council on Education, American and Illinois Associations
of School Administrators, Illinois Board of Higher Education, and Illinois
Association of School Boards.
The diverse group of leaders from all across the state that serve on the
Commission include 40 members appointed by the Governor, 11 members appointed by
legislative leaders and several non-voting state agency representatives.
On September 20, 2016, Governor Rauner signed Executive Order 2016-11 to create
the new Illinois Bicentennial Commission and the Governor's Office of the
Illinois Bicentennial to lead the planning for the celebration of the state's
For more information visit the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration website:
[Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner]