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Posted April 25, 2008, meeting occurred April 15
Glenview Village President Kerry Cummins shakes hands with the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, during his April 15 visit to Chicago.
Glenview Village President Kerry Cummings joined Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to welcome the Aga Khan, spritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, to Chicago April 15.
The visit was part of an eight-day visit to the U.S., which also included stops in Texas, California and Georgia. It was planned as part of the Ismaili community’s commemoration of the Aga Khan’s 50th year as the community’s leader.
The sect, who number about 7,000 in the Chicago area, is building a 26,000-square-foot house of worship and community center on 9.3. acres on Shermer Road north of Golf Road.
Cummings and the other leaders met with the Aga Khan at a luncheon sponsored by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the University of Illinois Foundation.
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Golden Jubilee visit to United States
Photo: Gary Otte / theismaili.org
His Highness the Aga Khan with Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois and Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago at a luncheon hosted by the Governor in honour of Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee.
Mawlana Hazar Imam with Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago at the lunch reception held at the Mid-America Club.
His Highness the Aga Khan with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich at the Mid-America Club in Chicago.
His Highness the Aga Khan addressing guests at a luncheon hosted by Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois in honour of Aga Khan’s Golden Jubilee.
Earlier, His Highness the Aga Khan is welcomed by Dr Mansoor Virani, President of the Ismaili Council for the Midwestern USA.
Upon arrival, His Highness the Aga Khan is greeted by Dr Nasiruddin Jamal, President of the Ismaili Council for the Northeastern USA at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
His Highness the Aga Khan is greeted by Ms. Eva Sieradzki, Director of International Relations and Protocol at the office of the Governor of Illinois. The President of the Ismaili Council for the Midwestern USA looks on.
Upon arriving in Chicago, His Highness the Aga Khan is met by Ms Sheila Nix, Deputy Governor of Illinois and Mr Jack Lavin, Director of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
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