PresReaganRonald Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico on February 6, 1911. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and worked his way through Eureka College, where he studied economics and sociology, acted in school plays and played on the football team.

After graduating from Eureka College, Reagan became a radio sports announcer. In 1937, he won a contract in Hollywood and appeared in 53 films during the next two decades. Wanting to take a leadership role in the film industry, Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1947 to 1952.

In 1966, Reagan was elected governor of California and was re-elected in 1970. He took his political aspirations to the national level and was elected president of the United States in 1980 and 1984.

Reagan’s upbringing in Illinois instilled in him the values of hard work and patriotism that helped him succeed in acting and politics.

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President Ronald Reagan’s White House biography

GregOlsenYou may see some familiar faces during the Super Bowl this Sunday. The following players and coaches have ties to Illinois:

  1. Jared Allen - played for the Chicago Bears in from 2014-15.
  2. Greg Olsen - was selected by the Chicago Bears as the 31st overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
  3. Ron Rivera - won Super Bowl XX as a Chicago Bear and later served as a defensive coordinator.
  4. Steve Wilks - defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears from 2006-08.
  5. Mike Shula - tight ends coach for the Chicago Bears from 1993-95
  6. Pete Hoener - coached for Illinois State, Illinois and the Chicago Bears.
  7. Ricky Proehl - wide receiver for the Chicago Bears in 1997.
  8. Richard Rodgers - linebacker/wide receiver for the Chicago Bruisers (AFL).
  9. Eric Washington - coached at Northwestern and with the Chicago Bears.
  10. Trevor Seimian - played quarterback at Northwestern.
  11. Owen Daniels' - hometown is Naperville, IL.
  12. Michael Schofield's - hometown is Orland Park, IL.
  13. Reggie Herring - was a linbackers coach for the Chicago Bears in 2014.
  14. Eric Studesville - was a running backs coach for the Chicago Bears from 1997-2000.

Did You Know? Comedy "Groundhog Day" was filmed in IllinoisIt isn't really a "tiny town in Western Pennsylvania." It's Woodstock, IL.

In 1992, Woodstock became the temporary home for the filming of most scenes of the now-classic comedy movie, "Groundhog Day." Woodstock is a far northwest suburb of Chicago, about 10 miles from Wisconsin.

Illinois native Bill Murray, Andie McDowell, Chris Elliott, director/writer (and Illinois native) Harold Ramis and the rest of the cast and crew came to Woodstock to film a comedy about a news reporter who goes to Punxsutawney, Pa., to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities, where a group of local officials drag poor groundhog Punxsutawney Phil out of his hibernation. If the critter sees his shadow, it supposedly means six more weeks of winter. Weather keeps the reporter and his crew overnight, but he begins waking up to the same day every day.

Woodstock has capitalized on the notoriety with a weeklong festival, including walking tours of the iconic sites in the movie. The film also brought greater attention and tourism to Punxsutawney itself. Bill Murray and Harold Ramis have both served as honorary grand marshal for the Groundhog Day celebrations in Punxsutawney.

"Groundhog Day" is ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Fantasy."

Did You Know? Illinois was the first to ratify the 13th Amendment on this day in 1865Illinois became the first state in the nation to ratify the 13th Amendment banning slavery on this day in 1865. Lyman Trumbull, a U.S. senator from Alton, co-authored the amendment that passed Congress and was sent to the states for ratification on Jan. 31, 1865.

Since the act amended the U.S. Constitution, 27 of the then 36 states in the Union needed to adopt the amendment in order for it to take effect. Georgia was the 27th state to ratify later that year on Dec. 6. The amendment was verified by Secretary of State William Seward on Dec. 18, 1865.

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Read more about the 13th Amendment from The Library of Congress

Did You Know? Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was the first settler of ChicagoJean Baptiste Point du Sable was born on March 3 in St. Marc, Haiti (formerly Sainte-Domingue). While the year of Du Sable’s birth is unknown, it is estimated to have been between 1745 and 1750.

Du Sable traveled to the Great Lakes region in the 1770s, managing an Indiana trading post before settling on farm land in present-day Chicago with his wife, Catherine, and their two children. Du Sable’s farm provided an important link in the fur and grain trade of the time.

Known as the “Father of Chicago,” Du Sable was the first settler of Chicago and the city's first black resident. He moved to Missouri in 1800 where he lived the remainder of his life.

Learn more:
Read more about the life and accomplishments of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable
Learn more about The DuSable Museum of African-American History, a museum on Chicago’s South Side dedicated to the study and conservation of African-American history

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