Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will visit Krakow and Warsaw April 14 to 16. During his trip the Governor will meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda to discuss Illinois’ commitment to friendship and relationship with Poland and Polish community. Gov. Rauner also will meet with Ambassador Paul Jones to discuss Poland-Illinois relations. In Warsaw, the Governor will take part in a remembrance tour of Warsaw Ghetto and will pay his respects to Pope John Paul II at Pilsudski Square. In Krakow, he will visit Kraków and pay his respects to Holocaust victims in Auschwitz.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of State Partnership Program between the Illinois National Guard and Polish Armed Forces, Governor Rauner will participate in a ceremony at Polish Ministry of Defence where he will present to Minister Blaszczak the a signed copy of the Gubernatorial Proclamation.
Governor Rauner was sworn in as the 42nd Governor of Illinois on Jan. 12, 2015. The Governor was born in Illinois and is a self-made businessman. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard. In 1981, Gov. Rauner began working at then startup investment company Golder, Thoma, Cressey (later GTCR). As one of its earliest partners, he helped build the firm into one of the most successful and respected businesses in Illinois.