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April 20, 2005

First Lady Patti Blagojevich participates in 35th annual mock press conference with elementary students

SPRINGFIELD—First Lady Patti Blagojevich today hosted a mock press conference for 4th grade students from Harristown Elementary School at the Executive Mansion.  This marks the 35th anniversary of the event, started by Jeff Deremiah, a retired language arts teacher at Harristown Elementary.  Prior to retiring, Deremiah had been bringing his “student reporters” to the Capital City to meet with Governors’ wives since 1970.  The tradition continued this year with teachers Mary Sobek and Beckie Poole.
Students “represented” different news organizations ranging from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly.  Questions were very diverse, varying from students asking Mrs. Blagojevich what it is like being the First Lady of Illinois, to what is her favorite movie.
A small reception was held for the students before the “press conference.”  They were also treated to a private tour of the Executive Mansion
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