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January 19, 2013

Mayor to attend presidential inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Among those in person to see President Barack Obama’s second inauguration will be Mayor Scott Eisenhauer and his wife, Amy.

Eisenhauer has spent a couple days this week attending meetings as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting.

He and Amy also attended an inaugural ball, the Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala, on Thursday night and will attend another one, Illinois State Society Inaugural Gala, today.

Trip costs were paid by the Illinois Municipal League, of which Eisenhauer is president, and Eisenhauer himself. There was no city funding used for the trip.

“It’s 100 percent paid for by IML or myself,” he said.

During his time in Washington, D.C., Eisenhauer has heard Vice President Joe Biden speak about gun control proposals.

Eisenhauer also talked with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan at one session about the challenges of low-income housing in smaller communities.

Other conferences Eisenhauer attended covered issues such as innovations and technology and engaging younger community members in government through the use of technology; and a national endowment for the arts conference, talking about growing business and industry and affecting tourism, arts and entertainment.

“It was learning more about how we can expand tourism opportunities and utilize it to springboard economic development,” Eisenhauer said.

He also is learning more about the re-issue of Community Oriented Policing Services and school resource officer grants and how Danville can apply for those.

The Eisenhauers also will enjoy some sight-seeing and will pick up their inauguration tickets on Sunday.

Eisenhauer wasn’t sure where they would be to witness the inauguration.

“It truly is a once in a lifetime chance to be a part of it,” Eisenhauer said.

He said he’s excited to be there on behalf of the city of Danville and all other Illinois cities.

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