Cook County and State of Illinois Celebrate Juneteenth.

Cook County’s celebration of Juneteenth 2021, kicks off officially next week as a part of “Juneteenth Illinois,” an initiative commemorating June 19, announced Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer (2nd District), who is heading up the effort.  Juneteenth Illinois is a collaboration between Cook County, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago and it marks the first celebration of Juneteenth by the County since it became an official holiday in December of last year. Visit

“Juneteenth has become a national movement as more states have embraced the significant role this date played in solidifying the freedom of all enslaved Africans in this country,” said Commissioner Deer. “None were free, until all were freed, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the enslaved was declared by President Lincoln.”

Commissioner Deer and Commissioner Stanley Moore (4th District) led the charge and got legislation passed last year to make Juneteenth a day

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