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Reagan Centennial Commission now defunct

Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

The Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission was among dozens of boards and commissions eliminated Friday by Gov. Pat Quinn, and its vice chairwoman Ann Lewis says that’s “no problem.”

The governor authorized the elimination and consolidation of dozens of state boards and commissions to shrink the government.

Lewis said the Reagan commission’s work was complete.

The commission featured 60 events in 2011 to celebrate the 100 years since Reagan’s birth in Tampico — about 40 of those events took place in Dixon.

The commission kept no budget, she said, so the state won’t save anything by the cut.

“Our work ended in about February of 2012,” Lewis said. “It spilled over, because we had a few events in 2012 and we had the symphony video on WTTW then.”

She said a video featuring Lowell Park is the lone remaining project, which will be taken over by Dixon Tourism.

She called the commission’s run a success.

“We were able to build a positive network throughout the state and bring attention to the area,” Lewis said.

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