Even when Democrats hold the top state offices and Republicans are in The White House or visa versa, the bi-partisan tradition of The Illinois State Society of Washington, DC Quadrennial Inaugural Gala attracts guests from both parties to DC to celebrate the Inauguration of a new president regardless of party. The Chicago Tribune story at left from Jan. 20, 1973 mentions that the Democratic Lt. Gov. Neil Hartigan represented Gov. Dan Walker (D-IL.) at this Illinois State Society event during the Inaugural festivities for the second term of President Richard M. Nixon (R). The event co-chairs were Sen. Charles H. Percy (R) and Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson, III (D). But President Nixon resigned from office in August 1974 due to obstruction of justice during the investigation of the Watergate Hotel burglary in 1972. He was succeeded by President Gerald R. Ford who attended an Illinois State Society reception for Illinois members of Congress on Capitol Hill as one of his first official receptions in September 1974. It was only the second time that a president had attended and Illinois State Society event. The first was an Illinois State Association reception in honor of President Ulyses S. Grant in January 1871 at the Masonic Hall.