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1989 Illinois State Society Inaugural Gala

1989 Illinois State Society Inaugural Gala

The Illinois State Society of Washington, DC held its quadrennial nonpartisan Inaugural Gala and the new Grand Hyatt Hotel on Jan. 19, 1989. Pictured left to right are Congressman and future Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin of Rockford; former society president and State Senator Mark Rhoads of Western Springs; society President Jeanne Jacob of Mendota; Gov. James R. Thompson; former White House Press Secretary James Brady of Centralia seated in wheel chair; State Senator David Barkhausen of Lake Bluff; former Illinois Secretary of State Michael J. Howlett; State Senator Frank Watson of Greenville; Congressman Dennis Hastert of Yorkville who would be elected Speaker of the House ten years later in 1999.; State Senator Adelaine Jay Geokaris of Waukegan; and Congressman Philip M. Crane of Mount Prospect. James Brady and Michael Howlett each received Outstanding Illinoisan Awards for Public Service at the gala.

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