Rauner cancels plans to attend Juneteenth event after threats of protests

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor Rauner is scrapping plans to attend a Juneteenth celebration at the DuSable Museum after protestors threatened to disrupt the event.

Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

The governor was planning to attend a ceremony at DuSable later today.

But protestors argued his appearance would be hypocritical because of his actions during the state budget crisis.

The governor's office said he canceled his appearance due to safety concerns.