DECATUR — City officials gathered Monday to raise the Illinois Bicentennial Flag, joining communities across the state that took part in the ceremony at the same time.
The banner was raised by two members of the Macon County Honor Guard and will be flown under the Illinois flag for the next year.
Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe read a proclamation from Gov. Bruce Rauner.
By the numbers
Year Illinois was admitted to the United States, becoming the 21st state. Its recorded history began in 1673 when missionary Jacques Marquette and fur trader Louis Jolliet became the first Europeans to lay eyes on it. The signature of President James Monroe made it the 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818.
Presidents who have called Illinois home: Abraham Lincoln (1861-65), Ulysses S. Grant (1869-77), Ronald Reagan (1981-89) and Barack Obama (2009-2017).
Amount, in dollars, for renovation of Illinois Executive mansion. As part of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration, first lady Diana Rauner will unveil the newly renovated Illinois Executive Mansion, which is undergoing a renovation that is being funded entirely by private donors.
What to expect
The bicentennial celebration across the state will include the #Illinoisproud awards. It is an effort to give at least one $5,000 award to a project in every county. Applications will be accepted in May 2018.
A new beer will be available that is brewed in honor of Illinois called “1818.” Hand of Fate Brewing Co. of Petersburg, Illinois, won a craft brewing competition at the 2017 Illinois State Fair and the honor to make the official bicentennial beer.