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Jesse White Named Grand Marshal Of State Fair Parade

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Longtime Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has been named the grand marshal for this year’s Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade.

 

White is the longest-serving secretary of state in Illinois history, after first being elected to the post in 1998. He opted not to run for re-election this year. White, who is 88, is also a former U.S Army paratrooper and founder of the Jesse White Tumbling Team for youth.

 

The parade, which kicks off the fair, begins Thursday evening at 5:30.

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