J.B. Pritzker sworn in as Illinois governor

JB Pritzker sworn in as Illinois Governor

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - J.B. Pritzker was sworn in as Illinois' 43rd governor on Monday, Jan. 14.

The swearing in ceremony took place at the Bank of Springfield Center.

The festivities began at 11:30 a.m. with Pritzker’s oath of office at 12:01 p.m.

In his address after taking the oath as Governor, Pritzker thanked his family and acknowledged special guests.

Gov. Pritzker also mentioned the struggles Illinois faces, but stated “Everything is not broken.”

Pritzker says his first acts as Governor is for Illinois to become a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance.

Other topics Gov. Pritzker addressed was a $15 minimum wage, growing the state’s economy, legalizing and regulating the sale of recreational marijuana, and strengthen education.

To read his full address click here.

Following Pritzker’s ceremony, Juliana Stratton took the oath as Illinois' next Lt. Governor.

Stratton sworn in as IL Lt. Governor

Ceremonies for Kwame Raoul as Attorney General, Jesse White as Secretary of State, Susana A. Mendoza as Comptroller, and Mike Frerichs as Treasurer also took place.

Former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner attended the inauguration and thanked the people of Illinois in a tweet.

The Southern Illinois Children’s Choir performed The Star-Spangled Banner to kick off the inauguration day event.

Carly O’Keefe is in Springfield and will bring live coverage of the inauguration and the days events.

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Before the inauguration, there will be an interfaith service at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield. The service begins at 8:30 a.m.

The inauguration celebration is at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Jan. 13, Governor-elect Pritzker held an open house at Old State Capitol Plaza.

Thank you to everyone who came out and made our open house at the Old State Capitol in Springfield a success!

Posted by JB Pritzker on Sunday, January 13, 2019

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