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John Block and Jackie Wilke in 2010

John Block and Jackie Wilke in 2010

Former Secretary of Agriculture John R. Block poses with Jackie Wilke of Wheaton, Illinois at a party in her honor hosted by the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC at the Metropolitan Club in April 2010. Jackie was a senior at Butler University in Indiana and majoring in economics at the time of her reign. She gave up her tickets for the NCAA basketball finals to come to DC to represent Illinois in the National Cherry Blossom Festival. At the Metropolitan Club, former Illinois Director of Agriculture (1977-1981) and President Reagan’s former Secretary of Agriculture John R. Block from Galesburg took on the duty of placing the tiara on her head making her the official 2010 Illinois Cherry Blossom Princess. Her aunt, Jean Coffey, was the Illinois Cherry Blossom Princess in 1985. Another aunt, Mary Fran Coffey, was President of the Illinois State Society in 1984.

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