49th Annual Salute to Labor Chicken Fry hosted by Rock Island Democratic Party

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49th Annual Salute to Labor features an All-Star Line Up

Labor Day in the Quad Cities will feature a solid line-up of statewide officials, labor leaders, candidates and grassroots activists to add their voices of thanks to the men and women of organized labor throughout the region.

The special honorees this year will be IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson and UAW President Dennis Williams – both of whom launched their labor leadership careers in the Quad Cities.

“We are excited that our traditional salute to labor will include an excellent, all-star line-up to help us say `thanks’ to the working men and women of this region,” said Doug House, Rock Island County Democratic Party Chair.

VIP speakers include U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos & Dave Loebsack, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Illinois Comptroller candidate Susana Mendoza along with QC-area legislators and candidates from both Illinois & Iowa. The speakers will kick off around 1:00 p.m. at the Illiniwek Park riverfront site (Rte 84 in Hampton).

House, who is also president of the Democratic County Chairs’ Association of Illinois, confirmed that Chris Kennedy will be the picnic’s special guest.

Chris Kennedy is Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc., and former Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Sheila, also run Top Box Foods – a nonprofit anti-hunger social business that sells healthy, affordable proteins, fruits and vegetables in areas throughout Cook and Lake Counties with little or no access to quality, inexpensive food.

“I look forward to coming to the Quad Cities on Labor Day to join the chorus of voices expressing appreciation for the men and women of organized labor. Working families are not only the engine or our economy but the heart of our communities throughout Illinois,” said Kennedy, who has been a Chicago-area business & community leader since he moved to Illinois in the late 1980’s.

The Salute to Labor picnic, which goes from 11:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, September 5, is $12 for adults and $7 for children under 12. There will be family-friendly entertainment for kids, including bounce houses.

For picnic ticket info: 309/786-8337.