Jul 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; American rock band REO Speedwagon sings national anthem before the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees game at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit:

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REO Speedwagon Wins First Illinois 200 Bicentennial Poll

July 27, 2018 - 8:04 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois is celebrating its 200 year birthday in a variety of ways... one of them by conducting a series of public polling.

REO Speedwagon is the winner of the Top 200 "Illinois-based" music acts category. The classic rock band formed in Champaign back in 1967.

 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library spokesman Chris Wills says the other leading vote-getters are a diverse mix.

“We’ve got soul from Sam Cooke, we’ve got Chicago Blues from Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy, we’ve got funk from Earth Wind and Fire and course the great Miles Davis, a jazz pioneer,” he says.

Miles Davis- of course with Metro-East roots. There's a statue of him in Alton. Other contenders included Alison Krauss, Nat King Cole, Cheap Trick and Benny Goodman.

To vote in the next category - top artists and architects - visit the website IllinoisTop200.com.