The City of West Chicago hosted an Illinois Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at City Hall, 475 Main Street to help kick off the state’s yearlong celebration of its 200th birthday. Students from Community High School District 94 joined the celebration and raised their voices in singing the National Anthem. Mayor Ruben Pineda read a Proclamation acknowledging the auspices occasion.
In his message to municipalities across the state, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wrote, “The Bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to fall in love with Illinois all over again. It is an opportunity to celebrate all that has been great in our first 200 years and lay the foundation for 200 more years of growth and prosperity. Illinois is home, and the Bicentennial gives us a chance to reflect on what makes it great and how we can continue to make it great for our children and grandchildren.”
Governor Rauner’s hope is that the Flag Raising Ceremony in cities across the state will be the kickoff to a yearlong celebration which showcases all that is great about Illinois.