As everyone must know by now, Illinois was founded 200
years ago (1818) and celebrations have begun statewide to commemorate
the occasion. Since the state has no money to fund the party,
several groups have taken it upon themselves to devise special
events, pageants and even trivia contests.
DeKalb County has shown a lack of enthusiasm for this momentous
year, although the new DeKalb County History Center is planning
About a year and a half ago, I made a presentation to the
Sycamore Kiwanis Club. The topic was how we could celebrate the
Bicentennial and put DeKalb County on the map maybe help
make us a tourist destination.
Pieces of the Black Hawk Statue have fallen from the
right elbow of the 102-year-old statue at Lowden Park outside