SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois residents have picked “The Blues Brothers” as the top movie in state history, making it the first item on a list of Illinois’ top 200 people, places and things.
The list is being compiled as part of Illinois’ bicentennial celebration. Every 2 weeks, people may cast votes at IllinoisTop200.com for their favorites in a new category. By early December voters will have selected 10 favorites in 20 categories.
More than 1,500 people voted on the first category, selecting the movie featuring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The next movies selected were “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “A League of Their Own.”
The rest of the Top 10 are: “The Fugitive,” “The Untouchables,” “The Sting,” “Chicago,” “Eight Men Out,” “Hoop Dreams” and “Ordinary People.”
Voting is now open for the next category, top businesses. Some of the nominees have ties to the Sauk Valley. Walgreens founder Charles Walgreen lived in Dixon, and Deere & Co. had its beginnings in Grand Detour where John Deere lived and invented his first commercial steel plow.
Categories still to come include top musicians, books, inventions and scenic spots.
Residents can suggest nominees for categories by using the hashtag #ILtop200 on social media.