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Governor Names New ALPLM Board Chairman


Governor JB Pritzker has named a new Chair of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board. Gary Johnson will take over the role effective immediately.

Johnson is a former lawyer and also spent 15 years as President of the Chicago History Museum.  He called it an important time for the ALPLM.

“It has accomplished so much for both Springfield and the nation. At the time of its anniversary, we look ahead to making it become even more relevant in our national dialogues," Johnson was quoted in a news release announcing his selection.

He joined the ALPLM Board in 2019.  “The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a treasured institution that pays homage to not only the country’s first president from Illinois but also our great state’s incredible history,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I am pleased to announce Gary Johnson will serve as Chair of the Museum’s Board, bringing years of prior, award-winning service with him. I am confident he will excel in the role and work to ensure the ALPLM remains a top destination for Illinoisans and visitors alike.”
Johnson replaces Ray LaHood – the former US Transportation Secretary -- who resigned from the boardafter being fined for accepting an undisclosed loan while a member of the Obama cabinet.  

The Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield marked its 16th anniversary Monday.  

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