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: