The Land of Lincoln is celebrating its 200th birthday with a big bash.
Gov. Bruce Rauner and Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker will appear together for the big Bicentennial Birthday at the Aon Grand Ballroom in Chicago. The celebration features performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Buddy Guy, Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, and a championship parade of star athletes from Illinois.
“Just as Illinoisans of all backgrounds have united and pushed our state forward for 200 years, we will celebrate our bicentennial as one Illinois,” said Pritzker. “We are the land of Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama, home to the world’s leading companies and universities, an economic powerhouse of the Midwest and agriculture powerhouse of our country. Together, we will ring in our third century with hope and optimism and strive to build on the progress of the 200 years before us.”
“The milestone represented by our 200th birthday is especially important as we turn our focus to the future,” Rauner said. “The state possesses a legacy of invention, persistence and economic vitality. This is the time to reflect on those assets and come together to put them to work for the people of Illinois.”
Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818.