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5 Fun Facts About November 13 In Illinois History

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1. The first recorded execution in Illinois took place on November 13, 1819. Issac Ellwood was hanged in Gallatin County for the murder of a man during a land dispute.

2. On November 13, 1833, Edwardsville was incorporated as a city. Today, it is the third oldest city in Illinois.

3. In 1913, the Illinois Central Railroad opened a new station in Champaign on November 13. This station was significant because it allowed passengers to easily transfer between different lines.

4. On November 13, 1920, KDKA in Pittsburgh became the first radio station to broadcast the results of a U.S. presidential election. The news quickly spread throughout the country, including to Illinois.

5. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled on November 13, 2015, that the state's pension reform law was unconstitutional. This decision had a significant impact on the state's ongoing pension crisis.
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