By Todd Wineburer with Nick Gale
Governor Pat Quinn refers to Barack Obama as a "favorite son" of Illinois, and says that Obama's success should serve as an inspiration. Quinn is especially impressed that the Obama inauguration falls on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Quinn described the event as a product of "God's grace."
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin has been the president's point man on a number of issues, so it's no surprise that he has strong feelings about the 2nd inaugural. Durbin says Obama was re-elected because he campaigned with a message of inclusion. Durbin says Obama sends a message to the American people that problems can be solved if everyone comes together.
The officlal theme of the 2013 inaugural is "Faith in America's Future." It marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom at the summit of the capitol dome in 1863.