Illinois bicentennial: Hail to the chiefs

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Abraham Lincoln’s political career blossomed in Illinois and Barack Obama calls this state his home.

Only one American president was actually born in Illinois, Ronald Reagan, but Abraham Lincoln’s political career blossomed here and Ulysses S. Grant became a hero here even before he was commander-in-chief. And Illinois is home to the nation’s first African-American president— also one of the youngest— Barack Obama.

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