Top 200

To celebrate the state's 200th birthday, we're teaming up with The State Journal-Register and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission to let the public select the top 200 people, places and things in Illinois history. 

Every two weeks, people get to vote online at for the best movies, most inspiring leaders, greatest books, top businesses and much more. When the bicentennial arrives on Dec. 3, voters will have chosen 10 favorites in 20 different categories – the Illinois Top 200.  

Here are the results so far:

1. Movies

2. Businesses

3. Inventions and innovations

4. Buildings

5. Historic Sites

6. Scenic spots

7. Museums

8. Books

9. Writers

10. Heartbreaking Moments

11. Musicians

12. Artists and architects

13. Actors

14. Entertainers

15. Scientists

16. Athletes

17. Groundbreaking women

18. Minority trailblazers

19. Leaders

20. Unforgettable moments