Illinois History Minutes

February 18 Illinois History Minute


It’s February 18th, the day that former Illinois governor Bruce Rauner was born in Chicago in 1956.

It’s also the day, two years ago, that former governor Rod Blagojevich was released from prison, after President Donald Trump commuted his prison sentence for corruption.

On this day in 1930, Streator Illinois native Clyde Tombaugh, an astronomer at Lowell Observatory in Arizona, found evidence of a previously unknown moving object in the night sky, an object we now know as the dwarf planet Pluto.