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Hundreds to attend dinner at Capitol ahead of inauguration

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Guests are starting to arrive for a swanky evening event at the Illinois Capitol on the eve of Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inauguration.

Attendees for the Sunday dinner include U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, several Illinois congressmen, state lawmakers and Archbishop Blaze Cupich of Chicago, who's expected to offer a prayer. The menu features a "deconstructed Caesar salad," marinated beef tenderloin and apple tart tatin.

Tables are set up outside the office that will be Rauner's after his swearing in on Monday. A jazz combo is playing music as guests arrive.

Rauner is expected to deliver remarks to the roughly 800 guests slated to attend the $1,000-a-plate dinner.

Each guest will receive a gift bag with a bottle of wine inside.

The event follows a cocktail reception at a nearby hotel.

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