Rauner honors Lincoln legacy at Springfield commemoration

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Gov. Bruce Rauner is honoring Abraham Lincoln at this weekend’s commemoration in Springfield of the 150th anniversary of the president’s funeral.

Rauner addressed a crowd of hundreds Saturday outside the Old State Capitol. He told them the Lincoln was a hero to the nation, helping keep the country intact and setting it on a course for greatness.

Rauner said Lincoln’s legacy has stood the test of 150 years, and he called Lincoln the greatest Illinoisan and one of America’s greatest men.

The weekend of events brought to life by re-enactors in period attire features re-created Civil War encampments, 19th-century music and exhibits.

It concludes Sunday with a procession along the historic route that mourners took to Oak Ridge Cemetery, where Lincoln’s burial will be re-enacted with eulogies and cannon salutes.

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