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Illinois Inauguration 2019 makes history with first African American Lieutenant Governor

In addition to the swearing in of  J.B. Pritzker as Illinois’ 43rd Governor, there were several other notable moments from Monday’s events in Springfield. That included Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton being sworn into office.

IL Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton (D)

As part of her speech Stratton talked about her faith and her family, thanking her husband and daughters.
She also reflected on a trip she took this past summer to a small town in Mississippi founded by her ancestors, former slaves who were freed and given a plot of land they developed and helped grow. She remarked that a sense of serving her community is part of her heritage, and has inspired her to carry on that tradition as she herself makes history.

“On December 3rd, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state. 200 years later, with the DNA of my formerly enslaved great, great grandfather William Stephens as part of my genetic makeup, I am proud to stand before you as our state’s first black Lieutenant Governor,” Stratton declared to applause and a standing ovation from the crowd.

Also enjoying the spotlight, Kwame Raoul who was sworn in as Attorney General.

IL Attorney General Kwame Raoul (D)

In addition to paying tribute to his predecessor, former Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Raoul also commented on how he believes that job has evolved in recent years.

He says it’s the job of Attorneys General to protect people and “block them from misguided federal policies that violate our citizens’ rights.”

Caitlin Knute

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