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5 Fun Facts About January 3 In Illinois History

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1. In 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the Union on January 3.
2. On January 3, 1861, the Illinois State Journal published an editorial in support of secession, which sparked outrage among Union supporters.
3. The first Prairie State Games, a multi-sport event for amateur athletes in Illinois, took place on January 3, 1985.
4. On January 3, 1990, Illinois Governor James R. Thompson granted clemency to four men who were wrongfully convicted and served time for a 1986 rape and murder in Peoria.
5. The Illinois Tollway opened the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) extension from I-55 to I-80 on January 3, 2007, providing a key link for drivers between the suburbs and the city.
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