CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The state of Illinois will celebrate its 199th birthday on December 4 and the city of Carbondale plans to take part.
City leaders hosted a flag raising ceremony at noon in front of City Hall.
The ceremony kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 200th birthday that will pay tribute to the state's history, its people, and community.
"Our Bicentennial will showcase Illinois' influence on American history and culture, achievement and invention, business and art. Together, we can inspire pride in Illinois and show the world what makes this state so great," said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Carbondale Mayor John "Mike" Henry raised the Illinois Bicentennial flag.
"It's a very big anniversary," Henry said, "so we may as well celebrate it and have a little fun along the way."
To do this we asked Carbondale residents and students at SIU how much they knew about the state. Such questions were what the state bird was, what president was born in Illinois, and if they knew all five professional sports teams in the state.