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Illinois marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 10:00 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Communities are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day across Illinois.

Gov. Pat Quinn planned two events for Monday's holiday. He was to speak at a scholarship breakfast in Chicago and then hold a forum in the afternoon focusing on diversity in higher education.

Community groups in southern Illinois planned observances, ceremonies and other events in places like Swansea, East St. Louis, Belleville and Edwardsville.

Students at Eastern Illinois University planned a candlelight vigil and march. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said she was going to participate in a service day in the Chicago suburbs and then attend an event at the DuSable Museum of African-American History.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk put out a statement saying the best way to honor King was to teach tolerance, personal dignity and economic empowerment.

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