Illinois float among 8 in inauguration parade


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Presidential Inaugural Committee says a float honoring Illinois will be among eight commissioned by the committee in Monday's parade after President Barack Obama is sworn in.


Illinois is Obama's home. But the float honors the Prairie State as First Lady Michelle Obama's native land.


Floats for Hawaii and Pennsylvania represent the birthplaces of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. One for Delaware honors the home of Biden and his wife, Jill.


Monday is the observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The late civil rights leader's float will feature his quote, "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."


Other floats will honor the civil rights movement, the Tuskegee Airmen and the inaugural theme, "Our People. Our Future."


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