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Lansing to participate in Illinois Bicentennial

December 4, 2017, flag-raising ceremony begins year-long celebration

information provided by the Office of Governor Bruce Rauner

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (November 8, 2017) – “The Bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to fall in love with Illinois all over again,” says Governor Bruce Rauner in a letter to Illinois counties and municipalities. The letter explains that December 3, 2018, is Illinois’s 200th birthday. Governor Rauner is inviting municipalities throughout Illinois to participate in a 365-day celebration, beginning with a flag-raising ceremony featuring the Illinois Bicentennial Flag on Monday, December 4.

Illinois bicentennial“Your Flag Raising Ceremony will help kickoff a yearlong celebration that pays tribute to the people, places, and things that are being BORN, BUILT, & GROWN here every single day,” the governor’s letter continues. “Our Bicentennial will showcase Illinois’ influence on American history and culture, achievement and invention, business and art.” A complimentary Illinois Bicentennial Flag was included with the letter.

Lansing’s flag-raising ceremony will take place at the Municipal Center at noon on Monday, December 4, 2017. The Illinois Bicentennial flag will be flown under the Illinois State flag during the year-long celebration.

Historically significant dates in the coming year include:

  • August 26, 2018, which marks the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Illinois Constitution of 1818 at the Kaskaskia Convention
  • December 3, 2018, which marks the 200th anniversary of the admission of Illinois to the Union as a state.

The Lansing Municipal Center is located at 3141 Ridge Road in Lansing, Illinois. Questions about the flag-raising ceremony or Lansing’s participation in upcoming Illinois bicentennial events can be directed to the Village at 708-895-7200.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.