SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: Dec. 4-8, 2017
Waterloo, IL. – Illinois turns 200 this year and to mark the occasion, communities across the state – including many in southwestern Illinois – kicked off the year-long Illinois Bicentennial. Illinois officially became a state on Dec. 3, 1818. The state designated that date for the kickoff of the year-long birthday celebration.
Celebrating 200 Years
Monroe County started off the celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration Dec. 3 with ceremonies and a flag raising in Maeystown. The Illinois Bicentennial will devote the next 365 days to honoring the state’s rich history and growth over the past two centuries. Each celebration and event will showcase individuals, attractions and goods that are born, built and grown here in Illinois, as well as promote ongoing development for future generations to enjoy for years to come. Municipalities across the state also participated in simultaneous Bicentennial flag-raising ceremonies to honor the state’s momentous birthday. On Monday, Dec. 4, Waterloo and Columbia held ceremonial flag raising ceremonies at their respective City Hall buildings.
In the District
On Dec. 6, I visited Red Bud High School to recognize the hard work and achievements of the Musketeers Trapshooting Team. I presented a scholarship to the team from the Illinois Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus. The Sportsman’s Caucus is a group of state legislators who have a keen interest in the outdoors, sports and recreation. The scholarship supports not only a great sport for our students at Red Bud, but also contributes to the continued utilization of the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta – one of the key engines of economic activity for our region of the state.