Gov. Pat Quinn has declared Friday as Benito Juarez Day in Illinois.
Quinn's office says in a statement that the governor is marking the 208th anniversary of the Mexican leader's birth. The state is hosting a free exhibit on Juarez at downtown Chicago's Thompson Center through Friday. The exhibit previously was at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
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The exhibit spans Juarez's time as lawyer, chief justice of the Mexican Supreme Court and five-term president.
In 1861, Juarez sent an emissary to Springfield to meet then President-elect Abraham Lincoln.