The Illinois Special Olympics begin today (Friday) at Illinois State University in Normal. At a Governor’s Mansion barbecue Thursday to celebrate the event, Gov. Pat Quinn lent a historic perspective. Quinn said, “I know Anne Burke, who is one of the founders, (is) now a justice on our Supreme Court. The Kennedy family (was) there from the very beginning” in 1968, when the first Special Olympics took place at Soldier Field in Chicago.
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The Special Olympics are for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Quinn also told the story of Special Olympian Marcy Bobell of Auburn, now a global ambassador for the organization. At age 9, Quinn said, she passed up a chance to finish first in a race to help another contestant who had fallen.