By Mark Rhoads -
About 120 guests attended the Illinois State Society Lincoln Day reunion on Feb. 12 at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC.
In the photo below: left to right top is former Congressman Marty Russo (D-Chicago), 2014 Illinois Cherry Blossom Princess Lauren Eiten from Peru, and at bottom left is former society president and House Republican Leader Bob Michel of Peoria who is now age 90. The guest of honor to the right of Bob Michel is former society president Virginia Blake of Bushnell who was celebrating her 100th birthday that night.
Mrs. Blake is one of the last survivors of the tragic LaSalle Hotel Fire in Chicago in 1946. Eiten was University of Illinois Class of 2012 and Blake was University of Illinois Class of 1935, and both are members of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, only separated in time by 77 years.