Dixon joined municipalities across the state Monday for ceremonies celebrating the start of the state’s bicentennial celebration. Sunday marked Illinois’ 199th birthday, and on Monday, events were held statewide to officially launch a year’s worth of activities leading up to the state’s 200th birthday on Dec. 3, 2018, including a bicentennial flag-raising at Dixon City Hall. During the ceremony, Mayor Li Arellano Jr. delivered remarks and helped raise the flag. Arellano is one of 55 members of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission that was created last year by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The commission is made up of government officials, businesses leaders and organizational heads from public and private sectors throughout the state. In May, Arellano said buy-in at the local level is key to helping build momentum statewide to help people get into the bicentennial spirit. "The more we embrace it at the local level, the more successful it’s going to be and the more it’s going to build on itself." Go to illinois200.com for more information.
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