- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - New Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) and his wife, Diana, have danced to a song performed by country artist Toby Keith at their inaugural celebration.

The governor and first lady chose Keith’s “You Shouldn’t Kiss me Like This” as they were introduced to a roaring crowd at a Springfield convention center Monday night.

Rauner eschewed a traditional inaugural ball for more casual festivities. Both he and the first lady wore jeans. Attendees ate barbecue and ice cream and could drink beer and cocktails for $125 a ticket.

Keith was preceded by blues artist Buddy Guy and a band of Illinois lawmakers called the Boat Drink Caucus.

Rauner’s swearing-in took place at the same facility earlier in the day.

He is Illinois’ first Republican governor in more than a decade.


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