"Illinois Top 200" seeks votes from public to celebrate state's bicentennial

(Source: Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner)
(Source: Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner)
Updated: Feb. 23, 2018 at 5:37 PM CST
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ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Preparation for a bicentennial celebration is underway to commemorate the state of Illinois' 200th Birthday.

That's right, December 3, 1818, was the special day that made Illinois the 21st state in the union. Since then there has been a lot of great things come out of the "Prairie State". The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The State Journal-Register and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission would like your help choosing the 200 greatest people, places and things in state history.

"From art to science to civil rights, Illinois has made huge contributions to the world. We think it's time to celebrate those contributions," said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. "The presidential library is also the official state historical library, so we're excited about helping people explore the past, share their opinions and hear the views of other Illinoisans."

Starting February 19, Top Movies will be the first category open to the public for voting.

The nominees for greatest homegrown films are: "The Sting," "Ordinary People," "The Blues Brothers" and "Hoop Dreams."

Everyone is invited to cast their votes at www.IllinoisTop200.com and use the hashtag #IllinoisProud on social media.

The tentative category list includes:

  1. Movies
  2. Businesses
  3. Inventions and innovations
  4. Buildings
  5. Historic sites
  6. Scenic spots
  7. Museums
  8. Books
  9. Writers
  10. Worst tragedies
  11. Musicians
  12. Artists and architects
  13. Actors
  14. Entertainers
  15. Scientists
  16. Athletes
  17. Groundbreaking women
  18. Minority trailblazers
  19. Leaders
  20. Greatest moments

"Illinois has been home to some of the most important contributions in the last 200 years," added Todd Sears, president and publisher of the State Journal-Register, the daily newspaper in Springfield and the oldest newspaper in Illinois. "We can proudly point to historic presidents, industrious entrepreneurs, world-class sports teams and culture-enhancing organizations that have all made huge impacts on the United States and the world. Join us in celebrating this by sharing your opinion for the Top 200 of Illinois."

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