Illinois Bicentennial Commission

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Today is the beginning of Illinois’s year-long bicentennial celebration. Counties and municipalities across the state read special proclamations and raised an Illinois Bicentennial Flag.

A couple of dozen people gathered next to the flagpole in front of the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore to hear County Chairman Mark Pietrowski read a letter from State Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley, on the significance of the anniversary.

Illinois Governor Unveils Official Bicentennial Logo

Jan 13, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner held the first meeting of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.

The navy and gold design with 21 gold stars represents Illinois as the 21st state to enter the union. The colors are an acknowledgment to the State of Illinois’ official seal.

Rauner said at the meeting his administration is still "deeply rooted and invested in our children's education."