Illinois bicentennial: Hail to the chiefs
Abraham Lincoln's political career blossomed in Illinois and Barack Obama calls this state his home.
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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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