Polish President to Visit Chicago on Friday

Polish President Andrzej DudaPolish President Andrzej Duda

Polish President Andrzej Duda is scheduled to have meetings with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during his two-day visit to Illinois.

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Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda are scheduled to arrive in Chicago on Friday. The main goal of their visit is to meet with the Polish-American community, according to a press release.

Duda is scheduled to meet with Rauner on Friday morning before visiting the Polish Museum of America in the city’s West Town community. Duda and his wife will also lay flowers at the Katyń Monument and the Smoleńsk Commemorative Plaque at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles.

Friday afternoon, Duda is scheduled to meet with Emanuel at the Art Institute of Chicago before traveling to Kankakee to visit the Illinois National Guard base, where he will meet with American soldiers of Polish descent.

On Saturday, the president and the first lady will meet representatives of the Polish-American community in Chicago. Duda will give a speech Saturday afternoon at Millennium Park. He will also hand out state decorations and souvenir diplomas to Polish schools, according to Adam Kwiatkowski, the president’s aide.

Duda and the first lady arrived in the U.S. on Wednesday for a four-day tour that also included stops in New York and Jersey City, according to his itinerary. While in New York, Duda was scheduled to chair an “open, high-level debate” at the U.N. headquarters on the role of international law in maintaining international peace and security. Poland, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, took over the monthlong presidency of the council on May 1. 

Duda and the first lady are scheduled to return to Poland on Sunday.  

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