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Illinois State Society's Illinois Inaugural Gala: Big night out

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(photo by Lynn Sweet)

WASHINGTON--In this Inaugural weekend where Democrats are celebrating President Barack Obama's second term and Republicans are nearly invisible, a bi-partisan exception was the Saturday night Illinois Inaugural Gala sponsored by the Illinois State Society.

Seen on the scene:

Gov. Pat Quinn and two potential rivals if, as expected, he runs for re-election: Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Bill Daley.

Cabinet: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Chicago City Hall: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Ed Burke and Will Burns.

Senator, Democratic: Dick Durbin

House members, Republican: Rodney Davis, Aaron Schock

House members, Democrats: Jan Schakowsky, Tammy Duckworth, Brad Schneider, Bill Enyart, Cherri Bustos, Danny Davis, Mike Quigley, Bobby Rush, Bill Foster

House candidate, Democratic primary 2nd congressional district, Robin Kelly

Former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias

Illinois State Senate: John Cullerton, Kwame Raoul

Illinois State House: Barbara Flynn Currie, Lou Lang.

A variety of Illinois companies helped underwrite the event with the top giver Motorola Solutions followed by Archer Daniels Midland, Caterpillar and Health Care Services Corp. Photo below, with names of all sponsors:

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(photo by Lynn Sweet)

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