Consulate General celebrates 26 years of German unity

Oct 4, 2016

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On Tuesday night, Consul General Herbert Quelle hosted the Consulate’s annual German Unity Day reception at the Union League Club. The Consulate staff was joined by many esteemed members of Chicago’s German and German-American community. The Consul General also received official greeting letters from United States Senator Mark Kirk, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois State Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.

In his welcome address, Consul General Quelle spoke briefly about the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done in the ongoing process of reunification. Afterwards, he treated his guests to a blues performance with pianist Thomas Günther and legendary Chicago blues harmonica player Billy Branch, with Quelle switching between harmonica and guitar. The musicians jammed on several tunes, including Branch’s anthem, “Tear Down the Berlin Wall.”

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Letter from Senator Mark Kirk

Letter from Governor Bruce Rauner

Letter from Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Letter from Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Letter from Treasurer Michael Frerichs