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Illinois last Top 200 list could be one of the toughest for voters.
The list of Illinois’ top moments includes the good: The Lincoln-Douglas debates and the Cubs’ World Series win.
The bad: Rod Blagojevich’s arrest, and the riots at the 1968 Democratic convention.
And the historic: Lewis and Clark left from Illinois, and Illinois was the first state to ratify the end of slavery.
Chris Wills with the Lincoln Presidential Museum said the list has all sorts of different kinds of moments.
"There are the really sad ones like Abraham Lincoln’s funeral," Wills said. "There are the really happy ones like the Cubs winning. And there are the really strange ones like when downtown Chicago sprung a leak and started flooding."
Wills said the list is about the state’s top moments, not necessarily the best moments.
"We had earlier a category for pure tragedies. You mass deaths and that sort of thing," Wills said. "But [this list] does include difficult, sad moments. Rod Blagojevich’s being arrested and removed from office. That is a really important time in state history, but it is also sad moment."
This is the last Top 200 list for bicentennial voters.
Voting is open through the end of the week at IllinoisTop200.com