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Illinois Leaders have Influenced the World

From leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama to pioneers like Jane Adams, John Deere, and Enrico Fermi have called Illinois home, not to mention icons like Ernest Hemingway, Muddy Waters, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jordan.

Throughout history, Illinoisans has made a massive impact on the country and the world. Illinois Bicentennial will commemorate and celebrate all of the great things that instill pride in people who live here, grew here, and have roots here.

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A statewide multimedia campaign will celebrate Illinois' influence on the world through music, sports, agriculture, literature, commerce, history, technology and innovation, transportation, and art and architecture.

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