SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (KMOX) – The buildup to Illinois’ 200th birthday celebration will include a student video contest and a craft beer competition.

Governor Bruce Rauner announced the first activities planned as part of next year’s Illinois Bicentennial celebration.

Rauner says a 100-day countdown to the start of the celebration will begin on August 26th. High school and college students are invited to submit brief videos on an Illinois historical fact, place, person or event.

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