On December 3, 2018, the great state of Illinois will be 200 years old! A birthday this monumental cannot go uncelebrated.
Our new program, “Happy Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash” will discuss everything from Illinois’ early years, historical happenings, famous Illinoisans, as well as supplemental online info on Illinois counties as the big date draws near.
It may be customized for all ages, and similar to all of our other programs is approximately 45-60 minutes in length.
Finally, there’s just one thing to say…It’s Gonna Be a Party!
Born December 5, 1901, in Hermosa, Illinois, Walter Elias “Walt” Disney and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion picture production companies in the world. Walt was an innovative animator and created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse.
The first Europeans to visit Illinois were the French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette in 1673, but the region was ceded to Britain after the French and Indian War. After the American Revolution, Illinois became a territory of the United States and achieved statehood in 1818.
On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi and a small band of scientists and engineers demonstrated that a simple construction of graphite bricks and uranium lumps could produce controlled heat. The space chosen for the first nuclear fission reactor was a squash court under the football stadium at the University of Chicago.
The legislative branch is made up of the House and Senate and is called the Illinois General Assembly. Members of the House are called Representatives; members of the Senate are called Senators. The Illinois General Assembly is divided into two-year segments.