Kudos to the citizens across the state, the nation and the world who took time out of their day February 12 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

Illinois should be proud to be known as the Land of Lincoln. The 16th President of our United States rose from humble beginnings to take a place in history unlike any other. Lincoln guided our nation through a time of terrible division over the issue of slavery and struggled mightily, often in the face of great opposition, to preserve our union.

It is wonderful to see schoolchildren, civic groups, businesses, college students, theater  groups, historic sites, elected officials, and citizens from all backgrounds join together to wish Mr. Lincoln a very Happy 200th Birthday!

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