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December 18, 2006

Gov. Blagojevich announces Inauguration plans
www.celebrateillinois2007.com launched for up to date information

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced plans for his second Inauguration to be held in Springfield on Monday, January 8th.  The theme for the Inauguration announced today 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.  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,” said Gov. Blagojevich.  “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:
  • Inter-Faith Prayer Service:  9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, located at 7th 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.
  • Inaugural Ceremony:  11:00 a.m.–12:55 p.m. (doors will open at 9:00 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.   
  • Executive Mansion Receiving Line:  2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. at the Executive Mansion in Springfield.  The Governor will be joined by Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn in greeting the public at the Executive Mansion.    
  • Celebrate! Illinois 2007 Inaugural Ball:  7:30 p.m.–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 Inaugural tradition.
The new website will feature trivia information about various governors’ inaugurals.  Visitors will also be able to link to Springfield’s tourism website, Illinois’ tourism site, and the site for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM). 
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 locations, please visit the website at www.celebrateillinois2007.com
Note:  Members of the press should visit the website's media section to request credentials for Inaugural events.


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