Gov. of Illinois announces World Champion Cubs Day

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

CHICAGO, Ill. (KWQC) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed Friday, November 4, 2016, as World Champion Chicago Cubs Day across the state in celebration of the Cubs’ historic World Series win over the Cleveland Indians.

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“The Cubs winning the World Series is bigger than baseball. It is especially meaningful for the generations of Cubs fans who have stood by this team, through thick and thin, for the last 108 years,” said Governor Rauner. “I’m a North Sider. I was born a few blocks from Wrigley Field, and I remember watching the Cubs every summer on Channel 9. We have been through every emotion with this team. To see this historic win, to see the players lift the Commissioner’s Trophy, that’s a moment for all of us. This is a celebration for past and present fans along with all the Cubs’ legends who never gave up hope.”

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A parade is also scheduled for Friday.

The celebration will start about 10 a.m. when the official parade leaves Wrigley Field and heads for downtown Chicago. The route will travel along the city’s famed Michigan Avenue and then along Columbus Drive near Lake Michigan before heading to Grant Park. Fans are encouraged to line the route.