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We will Leave a Lasting Legacy

#IllinoisProud Awards will be the signature legacy project for the Illinois Bicentennial celebration. “Everyday Heroes” throughout the state will be inspired to apply for monetary awards by sharing their stories and dreams through video submissions.

In addition, Illinois Bicentennial will support and promote legacy projects by working with partner agencies, charitable foundations, sponsors, and other organizations to commemorate our history and create or support programs that invest in our future.


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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