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5 Big Moments In Illinois History

In honor of Illinois’ 200th birthday, Morning Shift is celebrating the history of the Land of Lincoln.

In this interview, Paul Durica of Illinois Humanities breaks down some good, the bad and the weird events that define Illinois history. 

Here are five of his top picks:

1. Illinois Gov. John Peter Altgeld pardons three men accused in the Haymarket riots 

2. Jane Addams is the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize

3. The Black Hawk War

4. A bull shark caught off the coast of Alton in 1937

5. The Banditti of the Prairie

GUEST: Paul Durica, director of programs at Illinois Humanities 

LEARN MORE: Illinois (History.com)

Historic Chicago events, 1847-1996 (Chicago Tribune 1997)

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