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Holocaust Museum construction begins

BY KATHY ROUTLIFFE AND ANDREW HERRMANN | STAFF WRITERS

Nearly 700 guests and speakers braved rain in Skokie June 22 to witness an official start to the new Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

The music-filled ceremony inspired tears and joy, Illinois Holocaust Foundation President Sam Harris said Monday.

“Everyone came away with great, great excitement” about the Stanley Tigerman-designed project, Harris said.

Skies cleared before the end of the ceremony, at which Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Israeli Consul General Barukh Binah spoke. Harris, museum campaign director J.B. Pritzker and Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen also addressed the audience.