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After a bitter 255 million dollar campaign, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Governor-elect JB Pritzker are burying the hatchet for the state's birthday. The pair have issued a joint press release, announcing they will make a joint appearance at the state’s 200th Birthday Party on December 3rd. The event has moved from the United Center to the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The "more intimate" event will feature a performance by Hamilton's Miguel Cervantes, Blues legened Buddy Guy, performances by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a special acoustic performance by Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon. There will also be a Championship Parade featuring star athletes marching with Chicago team championship trophies. Stuart Layne, executive director of the Governor’s Office of the Bicentennial, acknowledged weaker than expected ticket sales. People who have purchased tickets for the United Center may use them for the party at Navy Pier or contact Ticketmaster for a refund prior to Dec. 2.

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