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Monday, Jun 16, 2014

* Old news from mid-May, but we didn’t really take full advantage of it here

Governor Pat Quinn today officially started the planning for Illinois’ 200th birthday in 2018, a year-long celebration that will engage residents and communities throughout the state and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. The Governor signed an Executive Order to create the 2018 Illinois Bicentennial Commission, a grass-roots organization that will plan a celebration that is meaningful to every resident and spur history-based tourism.

“Ever since becoming a state on December 3, 1818, Illinois has been a crossroads, a microcosm and a breadbasket for our nation,” Governor Quinn said. “We have cultivated such leaders as Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Reagan and Obama. The Bicentennial is an opportunity to remind everyone of our rich heritage and pave the way to a bright future.”

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate Illinois’ rich heritage,” Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) Board Chair Sunny Fischer said. “The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will do everything it can to help the Bicentennial Commission get people talking, learning, traveling and exploring 200 years of Illinois history.”


* The Question
: Illinois bicentennial slogans?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


132 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:34 pm:

    Illinois: An evolving Work In Progress


  2. - Some Other Anonymous - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:37 pm:

    “Microcosm in a Breadbasket”. that says it all.


  3. - Give Me A Break - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:37 pm:

    Illinois: We Are Not Mississippi.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:37 pm:

    Ilinois: Uniquely Unique for 200 Years.


  5. - OneMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:38 pm:

    So do you have any budget ideas?


  6. - Anonymous - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:38 pm:

    “ILLINOIS - Nowhere to go but UP”


  7. - OneMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:39 pm:

    Come swim in the governors mansion…


  8. - Soccermom - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:40 pm:

    “We Must Be Doing Something Right to Last 200 Years!”


  9. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:41 pm:

    Illinois: Lincoln chose Illinois, You Should Too.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    Illinois: 200 Years of Leading America.


  11. - downstate commissioner - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    ILLINOIS- The “S” is silent. And the payoffs used to be…


  12. - MrJM (@MisterJayEm) - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    The Question: Illinois bicentennial slogans?

    Illinois: 150 Years of Greatness!

    – MrJM


  13. - anonymoose - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:45 pm:

    “ILLINOIS- The “S” is silent. And the payoffs used to be…”

    That is hilarious….


  14. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:48 pm:

    MrJM and downstate commissioner fly way out in front!


  15. - Abe the Babe - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:49 pm:

    Illinois: Blago-free since 2009


  16. - OneMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:50 pm:

    Making you feel better about your elected officials for a century.


  17. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:51 pm:

    1818 - Land of Sinkin’ - 2018


  18. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:53 pm:

    1818 - Illinois: French for Bribery - 2018


  19. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:53 pm:

    1818 - 200 Years Of Being Ill - 2018


  20. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:53 pm:

    lol, ok, let’s snarky…

    Illinois; Accepting Fraud Since Being a Accepted in the Union


  21. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:54 pm:

    1818 - Terminally Ill - 2018


  22. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    Illinois; A Federal Prosecutor’s Training Ground


  23. - What's in a name? - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    Illinois Land of Great Presidents and not so Great Governors.

    Illinois home of four Presidents and Four Felonious Governors


  24. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:57 pm:

    1818 - Even The Illini Have Left Illinois - 2018


  25. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:57 pm:

    Ilinois; Corruption’s Bread Basket


  26. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 2:58 pm:

    1818 - Illinois: French for “Not Enough U-Hauls” - 2018


  27. - train111 - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:01 pm:

    1818-2018
    200 years of the taxpayers being “ill” from all the “nois”


  28. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:02 pm:

    1818 - 200 Years Of Late Night Jokes - 2018


  29. - The old professor - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:03 pm:

    Illinois — just leave the envelope on the table.


  30. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:03 pm:

    1818 - Humid Flatlands Of Corn & Fun - 2018


  31. - OneMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:04 pm:

    Who sent you?


  32. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:04 pm:

    1818 - 200 Years of Not Being Indiana - 2018


  33. - Mighty M. Mouse - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:05 pm:

    Illinois: Not afraid to elect psychopaths


  34. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:05 pm:

    1818 - 200 Years Missouri’s Nemesis - 2018


  35. - The Captain - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:05 pm:

    Death to Missouri! Wisconsin, haha, Don’t Bother


  36. - Abe the Babe - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:06 pm:

    Illinois’ Bicentennial Slogan:

    “Illinois: 200 years of…being Un-Indiana!!!!”

    “Illinois: 200 years of great leaders like Lincoln and…”

    “Illinois: Scrimping on Pensions since 1818″

    “Illinois Celebrates 200th consecutive year of not declaring bankruptcy”

    “Illinois at 200: Lincoln would be aghast…I mean AMAZED!”

    Illinois teams up with MasterCard to sponsor the bicentennial celebration. Slogan: “Illinois: 200 years of buying things today that we cant pay for tomorrow”


  37. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:06 pm:

    1818 - Impeachable Illinois - 2018


  38. - John A Logan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:09 pm:

    Illinois: The Somalia of The Midwest


  39. - 4 percent - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:09 pm:

    2018 Illinois Bicentennial sponsored by AFSCME.


  40. - Wumpus - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:10 pm:

    Illinois: Our current most recent governor has not been indicted.


  41. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:10 pm:

    1818 - Land of Asian Carp - 2018


  42. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:11 pm:

    1818 - 200 Years? Sorry! - 2018


  43. - Wensicia - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:11 pm:

    Illinois: From Land of Lincoln to Federal Bureau of Prisons.


  44. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:12 pm:

    1818 - Flatlander’s Afghanistan - 2018


  45. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:13 pm:

    1818 - Let’s Try This Again! - 2018


  46. - train111 - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:13 pm:

    Illinois: 159 years of getting it right!! –after all Oxford has only been there since 1973.


  47. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:14 pm:

    1818 - The Buckle On America’s Corruption Belt - 2018


  48. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:15 pm:

    1818 - Bankruptcy’s Crossroads - 2018


  49. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:16 pm:

    1818 - The Sunset State - 2018


  50. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:18 pm:

    1818 - Land Of 10,000 Mistakes - 2018


  51. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:18 pm:

    1818 - The Great Mistake State - 2018


  52. - Anon. - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:19 pm:

    Illinois –
    200 years old
    110 years without a Cubs World Championship
    ___ days without a federal indictment –

    and counting!


  53. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:19 pm:

    1818 - Land of Entrapment - 2018


  54. - CommoNooB - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:20 pm:

    Illinois: The Prairie Chicken State!


  55. - CLJ - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:22 pm:

    Illinois 1818 - 2018, Didn’t think we’d make this long either!


  56. - bottom rung. - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:26 pm:

    Illinois: Donec Pretium.

    (Latin for: we are out of money.)


  57. - dreamer - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:27 pm:

    I miss Royko,

    Illinois, celebrating 200 Years of “Ubi est Mia - Where’s mine.”


  58. - I B Strapped - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:40 pm:

    Illinois: Actually only a few of our politicians ever make to the Big House…..


  59. - Bluefish - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:41 pm:

    200 Years of Why Do You Want to Know?


  60. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:42 pm:

    1818 - Taking The Short-Bus For 200 Years - 2018


  61. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    1818 - No Capital Punishment Thanks To Our Incarcerated Governors - 2018


  62. - Bluefish - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    You Can’t Spell Illegal Without IL


  63. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    1818 - We’re Finished - 2018


  64. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:46 pm:

    1818 - We Peaked 200 Years Ago - 2018


  65. - Stuff happens - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:47 pm:

    Impure Illinois.


  66. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:48 pm:

    1818 - We Need Another 200 Years - 2018


  67. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:49 pm:

    1818 - Who’s Counting And What Do They Want? - 2018


  68. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:50 pm:

    Illinois; No One Asked You


  69. - OVERSIGHT - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    Illinois…Where our Governors personally make your license plates!


  70. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    Illinois; Where the worlds of Serpico and Deliverance meet.


  71. - What's in a name? - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    1818 - Illinois :We’re not perfect but we’re not Indiana either - 2018


  72. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:56 pm:

    Illinois; If you say Extortion again, we’ll have your legs broken.


  73. - What's in a name? - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    1818 - Illinois 200 Years of Equal Corruption Opportunity - 2018


  74. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    OW moves into contention with his extortion entry!


  75. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    Illinois; we have a Fee for that!


  76. - railrat - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:58 pm:

    irony? Freudian? March 1818 Congress approves 1st Govt. pensions ….chat amongst yourselves please !!!


  77. - What's in a name? - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 3:59 pm:

    1818 - Illinois - Even this contest is fixed - 2018


  78. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:01 pm:

    What’s in a name? wins!!!


  79. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:02 pm:

    - What’s in a name? -

    Well played, well done.


  80. - Jake From Elwood - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:03 pm:

    Illinois: We put the Cent in Bicentennial. Pay up.


  81. - Nearly Normal - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:06 pm:

    Illinois: corruption, yeah, but we’re not New Jersey!


  82. - Nearly Normal - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:08 pm:

    Illinois: Where our shoe boxes aren’t for shoes!


  83. - That guy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:11 pm:

    Bi-Centennial??? They warned us this would happen if same sex marriage became legal. #toldyouso


  84. - Nearly Normal - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:11 pm:

    Illinois: Take the cannoli, leave the money. On second thought, leave both and get outta here!


  85. - Sunshine - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:17 pm:

    On the bottom but things are looking up!


  86. - I B Strapped - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    Illinois: Who cares what youse guys ‘tink?


  87. - OurMagician - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:28 pm:

    Illinois-Every state can have a bad couple of centuries.


  88. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:32 pm:

    200 years of Illinois — Where am I going and why am I in this handbasket?


  89. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:32 pm:

    1818 Budda boom, budda bing! 2018


  90. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:33 pm:

    Illinois Bicentennial: Fuggetta bout it!


  91. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:34 pm:

    Illinois 1818-2018: This is an advisory question.


  92. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:35 pm:

    Illinois’ 200th Birthday: Hey! Whatta you lookin’ at?


  93. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:36 pm:

    Illinois, where our governors make the best license plates in the country!


  94. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:37 pm:

    Illinois: Chasing business away since 1975!


  95. - OneMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:40 pm:

    Illinois, it has been around longer than the last World Series Championship for the Cubs.


  96. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:42 pm:

    Illinois, giving new meaning to the word “Outfit”


  97. - wondering downstate - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:42 pm:

    Hey the Cubs have not won the World Series for 100 years. So our state government does really look that bad the last 200 years.


  98. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:43 pm:

    Illinois, where even the state bird is in the red!


  99. - OneMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:43 pm:

    The Illinois Bicentennial were gonna find that pony for sure…


  100. - OneMan - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:44 pm:

    Illinois providing a warning to others for over 20 years…


  101. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:45 pm:

    Illinois; where crime was finally organized.


  102. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:45 pm:

    Illinois: “By da rivers gently flowing–fulla stiffs”


  103. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:47 pm:

    Illinois: Glad we’re upwind of Iowa!


  104. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:48 pm:

    Illinois: Hey look, it’s Mayor Daly.


  105. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:48 pm:

    Illinois: Our politicians have the lumpiest pockets in the country!


  106. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:51 pm:

    Illinois; Orange is the New Black


  107. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:52 pm:

    Illinois: We’ve got more Scratch-off games than honest politicians!


  108. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:53 pm:

    Illinois: Where beer is considered an energy drink!


  109. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:55 pm:

    Illinois: Where the corn is as high as Blago on a stepladder!


  110. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:56 pm:

    Illinois; break the rules, spend a night in the box.


  111. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 4:59 pm:

    Illinois: Disappointing its citizens since 1818


  112. - Mokenavince - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 5:04 pm:

    Look back to the future with Quinn


  113. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 5:17 pm:

    Illinois: Our Porta-potties have video gaming!


  114. - Steve Downstate - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 5:22 pm:

    “Illinois: Most of our governors actually never went to prison. Not sure how we feel about that.”


  115. - sal-says - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 6:00 pm:

    200 Years: Squeezy; Snoozy; Sleazy & CHICKENS ! IL!

    200 Years of IL: First in Political Convictions


  116. - Hit or Miss - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 6:18 pm:

    Illinois: Deep in debt, but we will still find the money for a party.


  117. - Hit or Miss - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 6:20 pm:

    Illinois: Where a good party is more important than a good bond rating.


  118. - Third Reading - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 6:34 pm:

    Noted in passing:

    The Golden Book of Springfield
    by Vachel Lindsay … being the review of a book that will appear in the autumn of the year 2018, and an extended description of Springfield, Illinois, in that year.

    https://archive.org/stream/goldenbookofspri00linduoft#page/n7/mode/2up

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golden_Book_of_Springfield

    I’m outta here.


  119. - Enemy of the State - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 6:39 pm:

    Making Mississippi look good for centuries!


  120. - A Citizen - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 7:06 pm:

    Our real name is Taxes but Moodys told us to use Ill.


  121. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 8:23 pm:

    Illinois: Enter a State of Mediocrity


  122. - Just The Way It Is One - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 8:29 pm:

    Illinois: 200 Proud Years as the Land of Lincoln and Countin’…with the Best Yet to Come…!


  123. - lost in the weeds - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 8:45 pm:

    2018 or bust


  124. - lost in the weeds - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 8:47 pm:

    Illinois: This message will self destruct in 10 seconds.


  125. - lost in the weeds - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 8:57 pm:

    Illinois: 200 more years of sovereignty.


  126. - persecuted - Monday, Jun 16, 14 @ 9:26 pm:

    Illinois, where only two of our gently flowing rivers are named Embarrass.


  127. - Judgment Day - Tuesday, Jun 17, 14 @ 6:49 am:

    “Illinois 1818-2018: 200 Years, Only $100 Billion in Debt”


  128. - Capitol View - Tuesday, Jun 17, 14 @ 6:51 am:

    Illinois: created to fund the already obsolete Illinois-Michigan Canal, and virtually bsnkrupct ever since


  129. - Siyotanka - Tuesday, Jun 17, 14 @ 7:54 am:

    A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate Illinois’ incarcerated heritage.


  130. - A guy... - Tuesday, Jun 17, 14 @ 8:51 am:

    Illinois celebrates 200 years with One Speaker for 20% of the time.


  131. - Motambe - Tuesday, Jun 17, 14 @ 8:53 am:

    2019 or Bust!


  132. - Name Withheld - Tuesday, Jun 17, 14 @ 9:14 am:

    Celebrate our Bleepin Golden Anniversary in style!


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        * Quote of the day: Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014


        * Shelf Life
        * 'Communicator' McCrady shifts roles
        * Helping families in need through partnership
        * Ring, reunited
        * ‘Rudolph’ TV special has ties to Illinois
        * Scott County Y leader Frank Klipsch set to retire
        * Chester Grade School Music Department hosts Christmas concert
        * Charles 'Steve' Lane
        * Perry County Court Report
        * Williamson County Court Report


        * South Alabama falters in loss to Bowling Green
        * Late TD lifts Bowling Green past South Alabama
        * No. 21 Mississippi State trounces Illinois-Chicago 73-36
        * Air Force beats Western Michigan 38-24 in Potato Bowl
        * Former Houston mayor Bob Lanier dies at 89

        * Bera and Holding to be co-chairs of Congre...
        * Ami Bera, George Holding are new co-chairs...
        * Ami Bera, George Holding are new co-chairs...
        * Roskam Lands High-Profile House Post After...
        * Representatives Issue Bipartisan Letter Ur...
        * REP. DANNY K. DAVIS NOW SUPPORTS DR. WILLI...
        * Roskam helps lead charge to protect Chicag...
        * Danny Davis Defeats Robert Bumpers In Illi...
        * Durbin 'overjoyed' Gross is home; Roskam q...
        * Rehab of Affordable Housing Building in Ol...

        * Hill Democrats taking aim at vapes...

        * GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski Supports Gay Marriage...
        * Second GOP Senator Backs Gay Marriage...

        * Politically Connected Profit From United Center Parking Scam
        * Ready Aim Fire
        * Havana memories.
        * Walter Esler: “My brother walked from an empty room into a room full of people.”
        * Illinois Policy staff threatened with arrest at union-lead trainings
        * Governor-elect Rauner Visit with Latino Pastors
        * Governor-elect Rauner Visits with Latino Pastors
        * Illinois Policy staff threatened with arrest at union-led trainings
        * Organization claims Mark Kirk "Grubered" Illinois and America
        * With Frerichs victory, Dems move to merge Treasurer and Comptroller offices


        * Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller
        * Governor Quinn Calls Legislative Special Session - Governor Urges Legislature to Set Up 2016 Special Election for Comptroller
        * Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Hits New Low - Illinois’ Economic Comeback Continues; Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in More than Six Years
        * Illinois Ranks #1 in Volunteer Rate Among the Country’s 8 Largest States - 2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service
        * Law Enforcement, IDOT Make Final Push to Save Lives in 2014, Roadside Safety Checks Planned Over Holidays - New Episode of “The Driving Dead” Premieres Friday as Holiday Travelers are Reminded to Drive Sober and Buckle Up




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