State officials kicked off the state's year long birthday celebration Sunday at Chicago's Navy Pier and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Governor Bruce Rauner believes Illinois can send a message with its two century birthday.
The cast of Hamilton celebrated the start of Illinois Bicentennial by unveiling the Bicentennial Flag of Illinois. Meanwhile, the Petersburg produced bicentennial beer has been named.
Hand of Fate's craft brew, which won the honor at last year's state fair, will be known as 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale.