2015 Illinois State Fair Grand Marshals Named


SPRINGFIELD - Navy Commander Jessie Porter and Navy Lt. J.G. Darin Hess of the USS Illinois will serve as grand marshals of this year's Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade.

Governor Bruce announced the selections Wednesday.

Porter  spent time on board the USS Texas, USS Michigan, USS Connecticut, and USS Missouri.  Porter is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College and Old Dominion University, as well as a highly-decorated Naval officer.

Hess currently serves as the supply officer on board the USS Illinois. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  He held multiple positions such as the financial officer and safety officer for his company.

"The state is committed to partnering with the USS Illinois Commissioning Committee and ship throughout its 35-year life so all crew members will continue to know the citizens of Illinois appreciate, recognize, and applaud the selfless sacrifices they make to keep all of us safe and out of harm's way," said Governor Bruce Rauner.

The Twilight Parade begins Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m. at the corner of 9th Street and North Grand Avenue in Springfield.  

WAND will be live at the Twilight Parade and throughout the Illinois State Fair. See you there!

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