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By thy rivers gently flowing, Illinois, Illinois!

By thy rivers gently flowing, Illinois, Illinois!

An unlikely combination of volunteers honors a decades-old Illinois State Society tradition by leading a crowd of 2,000 in singing a spirited rendition of the official Illinois State Song printed on the back of every gala program. Fortunately for all concerned, the student choir from the Roosevelt Magnet School in Peoria was also in front of the stage and they all knew how to sing on key.

Left to right: State Rep. Roger McAuliffe, Gov. Jim Thompson, State Sen. Adeline Geokaris, former ISS President Jeanne Jacob, and former State Sen. Mark Rhoads.

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