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March on Washington events held statewide

Published: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 10:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 9:11 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington are taking place in Illinois.

Gov. Pat Quinn talked about the march on Sunday at an unrelated bill signing at an elementary school on Chicago's West Side. He reminded students of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech and that the civil rights leader also lived on city's West Side for a time.

In Chicago several churches held special services. The Rev. Michael Pfleger of Saint Sabina Church on the South Side hosted an event with music and art, followed by a sermon.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was in Washington Saturday. He spoke at the "Realize the Dream" event.

The King Center has organized a ceremony on Wednesday, which is the actual anniversary. That's when President Barack Obama will speak.

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