Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

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William ?Bill? Wilson of Albers, Illinois is the chairman of the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and president of Hill's Fort Society.  He is sixty-six years of age and actively participates in many historical events within Illinois.  Bill is a retired educator, author of four Illinois History books, and currently aids in the rebuilding of Hill?s Fort.  He has been a member of the 17th Illinois Territorial Rangers Company ?B? for three years.  Bill believes that it is important to study the War of 1812 because Illinois? history from early territorial days to statehood development was centered around this war.