- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed more than three dozen people to lead the planning for Illinois’ 200th birthday celebration.

Among the Illinois Bicentennial Commission members named Friday are former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Springfield Mayor James Langfelder and Southern Illinois University System President Randy Dunn.

Chicago Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Dick Wolf, the creator and producer of the TV shows “Chicago Fire” and “Law and Order,” also will serve on the commission.

Illinois will mark the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Illinois Constitution of 1818 on Aug. 26, 2018.

Dec. 3, 2018, will mark the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ admission to the union as a state.

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