lady hosts annual mock press conference
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[APRIL 20, 2005]
First lady Patti Blagojevich was scheduled to host a mock press
conference this morning (Wednesday) at the executive mansion for fourth-grade
students from Harristown Elementary School. This marks the 35th
anniversary of the event, started by Jeff Deremiah, who was a
language arts teacher at Harristown Elementary School. Before
retiring, Deremiah had brought his "student reporters" to the
capital city to meet with governors' wives since 1970. The tradition
continues this year with teachers Mary Sobek and Beckie Poole.
Students "represent" different news
organizations, ranging from the New York Times to Entertainment
Weekly. Questions have been very diverse, varying from students
asking Mrs. Blagojevich what it is like being the first lady of
Illinois to what her favorite movie is.
A small reception was planned for the
students, and they were to be treated to a private tour of the
mansion before the "press conference."
[News release from the governor's office]