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Online Poll Will Decide Illinois' Greatest Invention

People now can weigh in on what they think is the greatest invention to come out of Illinois.

The winner earns bragging rights as part of the state’s bicentennial celebration.

Chris Wills is a spokesman for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He says the entries for the latest poll include a wide range of inventions and innovations from across the state -- from skyscrapers to the steel plow. And there are other items that people are familiar with:

“Everybody knows what a Twinkie is. It is just a part of our life. Also—the TV remote control. It’s not a world-shaking invention, but it is something we all use every day and Illinois is behind that. We think it’s fun to just recognize the ingenuity that came out of Illinois.”

Voting for the inventions category is open until Friday, March 30th. Each choice contains a brief history of the item.

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" fromthe Illinois Associated Press andrecipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.