The next time they visit the Morton Grove Flag Plaza (west of the American Legion Memorial Civic Center at 6140 Dempster), residents and visitors may notice an unusual addition to the flag display. A flag commemorating the celebration of Illinois’ 200th birthday will be displayed in the plaza from Monday December 4, 2017 until December 3, 2018. Illinois-based United Airlines helped sponsor the effort to provide each county and municipality in the state with one bicentennial flag. The State of Illinois is planning additional celebrations and recognitions throughout the upcoming year in order to honor the many ways that Illinois has influenced American history, culture and innovation. Mayor DiMaria and the Village Board fully endorse these efforts connected with the Illinois Bicentennial and encourage all Village residents and businesses to learn more and participate during the next year by visiting www.illinois200.com.