- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican Bruce Rauner will be sworn into office next week as the 42nd governor of Illinois. The inaugural festivities start Friday and run through part of next week during the handoff of power from outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to Rauner. The Winnetka businessman’s inauguration committee - which has raised funds through private donations but not yet released the list - has announced a lineup featuring an expo, dinners and concert. Other newly-elected public officials also will hold open houses and celebrations for the public.

Here’s a look at some of the events:

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY:

Rauner planned a two-day flyaround tour of Illinois communities. He was scheduled to make retail stops at a pancake house, community center and steakhouse, to name a few. On Saturday, he planned to travel with former businesswoman Leslie Munger, a fellow Republican who he intends to appoint as state comptroller. On Friday his stops were to include Byron, Chillicothe and Casey, while Saturday’s itinerary included Maryville, Quincy and Moline.

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SUNDAY:

The inauguration committee kicks off a three-day expo, including a hiring fair for veterans. Participants for the free event include Peoria-based heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. and the University of Illinois. The expo will be outside the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. Rauner, his wife Diana Rauner, Lt. Gov.-elect Evelyn Sanguinetti and their families will attend a free afternoon event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. In the evening, there will be a $1,000-a-person dinner at the Illinois Capitol.

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MONDAY:

Rauner and other constitutional officers are sworn into office at 11 a.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Later in the day, Rauner and his wife, Diana, plan to host an open house at the Old State Capitol. Other newly sworn-in constitutional officers - including Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Secretary of State Jesse White and Treasurer Mike Frerichs - will do the same at their Springfield offices. At night, there will be a concert featuring blues legend Buddy Guy and country star Toby Keith. Tickets are required.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who helped Rauner campaign, will be in Illinois and is scheduled to take part in the celebrations.

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WEDNESDAY:

Members of the Illinois General Assembly - House and Senate lawmakers - are sworn into office with ceremonies at the Illinois Capitol and the University of Illinois at Springfield. Legislators will also elect new chamber leaders and preview the year’s agenda.

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Online: https://https://illinoisinauguration.com

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