Frerichs plans two events to celebrate his inauguration

Frerichs plans two events to celebrate his inauguration

SPRINGFIELD — The events celebrating Mike Frerichs' inauguration as state treasurer will include a reception in his hometown and a community-service project in Springfield.

Frerichs, currently a state senator representing most of Champaign and Vermilion counties, will become state treasurer Jan. 12. He is the first constitutional officer from Champaign County since Champaign Republican Vernon Nickell retired as superintendent of public instruction in 1959 and the first Champaign County Democrat elected to any statewide constitutional office in 195 years of Illinois history.

The first event is a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Big Grove Tavern, 1 Main St., C. It is free, but because of space limitations, an RSVP is required. Speeches will be minimal, said spokesman Dave Clarkin.

On Jan. 11, Frerichs is a sponsoring a community-service project from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, in the state capital.

"Habitat for Humanity was chosen in part because of their involvement in rebuilding Gifford," the northeast Champaign County community where Frerichs grew up that was struck by a tornado in 2013, Clarkin said. The work will include installing ceiling tiles.

"Good job for Frerichs," joked Clarkin, a reference to the 6-foot-8 treasurer-elect's height.

Also Sunday, an inaugural eve reception will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. It, too, is free, but an RSVP is required.

The swearing-in ceremony for Frerichs and other newly elected statewide officials will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield. That will be followed by an open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the state treasurer's office on the second floor of the State Capitol.

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