Blagojevich announces inauguration plans
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[DEC. 18, 2006]
On Monday, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced plans for his second
inauguration, to be in Springfield on Jan. 8. The theme for the
inauguration is "Celebrate! Illinois." A limited number of tickets
will be available free to the public beginning in late December, and
people can now go online to
www.celebrateillinois2007.com for the latest information,
including a schedule of the day's events.
"For four years, we've changed the priorities of state government
so it works for people," Blagojevich said. "We're now a state that
guarantees health care to every child, a state that gives every
child a chance to go to preschool, a state that invests billions
more in its schools, a state that helps hundreds of thousands of
senior citizens afford their prescription drugs, a state that raised
the minimum wage to help working people provide for their families,
and a state that helps hundreds of thousands of working men and
women purchase affordable health care for their families. I'm
honored to have four more years as governor to make even more
changes that benefit working families."
The 2007 inaugural schedule is as follows:
9:30-10:15 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in
Springfield, located at Seventh and Capitol streets. The
governor and first family will join other constitutional
officers for an interfaith service, during which the
constitutional party will light the unity candle.
11 a.m.-12:55 p.m. (doors will open at 9 a.m.) at
the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield. More than
5,000 attendees will watch as the governor and constitutional
officers take the oath of office.
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2:30-4 p.m. at the executive mansion in
Springfield. The governor will be joined by Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn
in greeting the public at the executive mansion.
7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Exposition Building on the Illinois
State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The governor, first lady and
constitutional officers will take part in the ball, which is an
The new website will feature trivia information about various
governors' inaugurals. Visitors will also be able to visit links to
Springfield's tourism website, Illinois' tourism site, and the site
for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Most seating at the inaugural swearing-in ceremony is by
invitation only, but a limited number of free tickets will be
available to the general public by visiting any Ticketmaster
in-store ticket outlet. There is a limit of two tickets per person
for the inaugural ceremony, and tickets must be picked up in person.
A $1 per ticket service charge will apply. Ticket orders for the
ceremony will not be taken by phone or on the Ticketmaster website.
For more detailed information about ticket sales, events and
[News release from the governor's office]