Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker will officially take the oath of office Monday, capping off a whirlwind few days that have led to his inauguration.
Pritzker, who will take over the office from incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner, will take the oath at the Bank of Springfield Center on Monday as part of a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m.
The governor-elect has had a busy weekend leading up to the inaugural event, hosting an Open House on Sunday at the Old State Capitol in Springfield that was attended by Illinois residents and numerous dignitaries, including Senator Dick Durbin.
Pritzker also hosted a day of service on Saturday, serving dinner at the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois residence in Aurora and participating in an emergency preparedness event in Rockford with the Illinois Red Cross.
Following Monday’s inauguration, the governor-elect will host a party at the Exposition Building of the Illinois State Fairgrounds. That party, which comes at a hefty price tag of $250 a ticket for those interested in attending, will raise money for the Cabrini Green Legal Aid fund and the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation.
After the parties wrap up in the capital, Pritzker will get to work on the ambitious agenda that he laid out during a contentious general election battle with Governor Rauner. Pritzker will get to work on an agenda that includes big changes to the state’s income tax system, potentially legalizing recreational marijuana, and making changes to the health care system in the state, and he will do so with big Democratic supermajorities.
The legislature, seated last week, will remain firmly in Democratic hands as they have a governor from their party for the first time in four years, and the task before them will be great as they get to work this week.
As for Governor Rauner, he will leave office Monday and will spend time with his friends and family, according to multiple interviews. He also plans to continue his philanthropic and business efforts, and hopes to donate money to educational and women’s health initiatives, he told WJBD radio.