Illinois celebrates two centuries of statehood

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People in Illinois wished a happy birthday to their home state Monday night.

The Land of Lincoln marked its 200th birthday with a big party at Chicago’s Navy Pier area.

The state’s next governor said Illinois has come a long way in the past two centuries.

“So proud many of us are to be from the Land of Lincoln, from the land of Barack Obama. We have had 200 years of progress in this state, terrific progress, from Cairo to Chicago, from Rockford to Carbondale, our state has made an amazing progress,” said J.B. Pritzker. “Products and services developed here, great people who have come from Illinois have done great things. We should all celebrate the 200 years of progress that we made.”

“Today we come together to celebrate all the progress that we’ve made in our first 200 years. We’ve done incredible things. We’ve not only created nuclear fusion, we created the Twinkie. We were the first state to ratify the 13th amendment to end slavery in the United States of America,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Illinois became a state on December the third, 1818.

The celebration included a salute to President Lincoln, who spent most of his life in Illinois, and a number of musical acts.

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