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Illinois Inauguration Raises Questions Of Corporate Influence - Yahoo News

"As state and federal governments are getting more and more into managing the economy by regulating and issuing government contracts, the costs of trying to influence state and federal governments go up," says Homan. "Inauguration balls are ideal opportunities to do that." Many of Rauner's inauguration events are free, such as an open house at the Old State Capitol building where Abraham Lincoln once served and an expo intended to promote Illinois companies. The events offering access to the incoming governor came at far higher price points. For a concert at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center featuring country music star Toby Keith and Chicago blues great Buddy Guy, Rauner is selling VIP sponsorship packages priced at $10,000 and $25,000 respectively.
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