Bicentennial naturalization ceremony held at Old State Capitol


Immigrants became U.S. citizens in a bicentennial naturalization ceremony at the Old State Capitol.

More than 60 people took the oath to become American citizens in the ceremony led by U.S. District Judge Richard Mills.

State Comptroller Dan Hynes and Illinois state historian Dr. Thomas Schwartz also took part in the presentation awarding the candidates with certificates of citizenship.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency made the Old State Capitol available for the ceremony to celebrate Lincoln's legacy in Illinois while welcoming the new citizens to the state.

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