Illinois float among 8 in inauguration parade

Illinois float among 8 in inauguration parade

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Presidential Inaugural Committee says a float honoring Illinois will be among eight commissioned by the committee in Monday's parade after President Barack Obama is sworn in.

Illinois is Obama's home. But the float honors the Prairie State as First Lady Michelle Obama's native land.

Floats for Hawaii and Pennsylvania represent the birthplaces of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. One for Delaware honors the home of Biden and his wife, Jill.

Monday is the observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The late civil rights leader's float will feature his quote, "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."

Other floats will honor the civil rights movement, the Tuskegee Airmen and the inaugural theme, "Our People. Our Future."

FOX 32 Political Editor Mike Flannery and Good Day Chicago Co-Anchor Dawn Hasbrouck will be in Washington for President Obama's second inauguration, providing live reports beginning Sunday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m.

Coverage will continue all day Monday, on Jan. 21., live from the U.S. Capitol.

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