At Daley Plaza, a Juneteenth flag was raised earlier this week, and at noon Wednesday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will lead a ceremony there.
Preckwinkle’s Cook County event will likely come after Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to sign a bill at 10 a.m. in Springfield, making Juneteenth a state holiday.
Juneteenth, which falls on Saturday, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
Forty six states to date have made Juneteenth a paid state holiday, and Illinois is set to become the 47th.
Juneteenth is also one step closer to becoming a federal holiday after the U.S. Senate passed a bill, which is now heading to the House.
County leaders will also announce Wednesday that they will light the skyline in red in honor of Juneteenth.
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