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5 Fun Facts About March 29 In Illinois History

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1. On March 29, 1951, the Illinois General Assembly approved the creation of the Illinois Tollway System. This allowed for the construction and maintenance of a network of toll roads in the state, including the famous Tri-State Tollway.

2. In 1833, the first settlement in what is now DuPage County, Illinois was established at a place called Brush Hill. This historic moment occurred on March 29th as William and Lydia Tatge, along with their six children, settled on the land that would eventually become the town of Darien.

3. On March 29, 1984, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team defeated the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in the Final Four of the NCAA Championship Tournament. This victory sent the Illini to the championship game for the first time in 20 years.

4. In 1869, the Illinois Central Railroad opened its new depot in Chicago, located at the corner of Roosevelt and Michigan. The station was designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt and was the largest railway station in the world when it opened. It was on March 29th that the first train arrived at the new station.

5. On March 29, 1962, the Illinois State Library was officially opened to the public in Springfield. The library's mission is to provide resources and support for the state's libraries and librarians, as well as promote reading and literacy throughout the state. Today, the Illinois State Library is a vital part of the state's educational system.
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