Countdown to Illinois Bicentennial
Students across Illinois showcase
“Something to Learn About Illinois History”
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[November 30, 2017]
The start of the Illinois Bicentennial is only five
days away and each day leading up to the kick off, the office of the
Governor will share a winning entry in the Something to Learn About
Illinois History video contest.
Today’s video is by Will Elliott of Lake Forest High School. His
video tells the incredible story of John G. Shedd, a retail clerk at
Marshall Field who rose through the ranks to succeed Field himself
as President of the company. The aquarium he gave Chicago and bears
his name is now housing 32,000 animals and hosts more than 2 million
guests each year.
Will Elliott’s video submission can be found here.
“The Bicentennial is all about showcasing the best of what has been
born, built and grown in Illinois,” said Gov. Rauner. “The work of
the young people who produced these videos is a tremendous display
of talent and resourcefulness – Illinois style.”
A panel of five selected the winners after participants submitted
self-made videos highlighting a fact, event, place, person or
something to learn about Illinois history. High school and college
students across the state were invited to participate. One hundred
winners were selected, with each receiving two tickets to the
matinee performance of “Hamilton” on Sunday, Dec. 3 — one of the
day’s official kickoff events for the yearlong Illinois Bicentennial
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Events leading up to the Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party on
Dec. 3, 2018, will continue throughout the year. Additional information is
available at www.Illinois200.com.
The Illinois Bicentennial Commission and the Governor’s Office of the Illinois
Bicentennial were created through an Executive Order signed Sept. 20, 2016, to
lead the planning for the celebration of the state’s 200th anniversary.
JOIN THE CELEBRATION
Illinois Bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unite statewide
partners, events, and projects to commemorate the state’s 200th birthday.
Partners and event and project managers planning activities between December 3,
2017 and December 3, 2018 can apply for endorsement to become an official part
of Illinois Bicentennial. Visit the PARTICIPATE page at
www.Illinois200.com for more
[Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner]