HAPPY 200TH BIRTHDAY ILLINOIS!200 years ago on this day in 1818, Illinois entered the Union as the 21st state. At the time, Illinois’ population was mostly concentrated in the southern part of the state (the capital was in Kaskaskia) and only about 35,000. Today Illinois is a sprawling, diverse state with nearly 13 million residents. Over the past two hundred years Illinois has had a rich history of presidents, skyscrapers, world renowned events like the World’s Fair, and world renowned companies like McDonalds. Here’s to many more years of a thriving Illinois that continues to impact the world.

Governor Rauner and Governor-Elect Pritzker are scheduled to make a joint appearance at the State’s birthday party tonight at Navy Pier.