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THE WHITE HOUSE

                     Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Omaha, Nebraska)
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For Immediate Release                                   December 8, 2000
             PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JAMES THOMPSON TO THE
                ABRAHAM LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION

     President Clinton announced today his intent to appoint James R.

Thompson to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

The Honorable James R. Thompson, of Chicago, Illinois, was the longest-serving governor of Illinois, serving from 1977 to 1991. Governor Thompson is currently a partner in the international law firm of Winston & Strawn, and also serves as the firm's Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee. Governor Thompson also is a member of the board of directors of many companies, including FMC Corporation, the Chicago Board of Trade, Jefferson Smurfit Group, Prime Retail, Inc., Metal Management, Inc., Prime Group Realty Trust, Hollinger International, Public Review Board, Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union and Navigant Consulting, Inc. Additionally, he is a member of the board of trustees of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, and the Illinois Math and Science Academy Foundation.

Governor Thompson did his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois and Washington University and received a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School.

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was created by Congress to study activities that may be carried out by the Federal Government to honor Abraham Lincoln on the 200th anniversary of his birth in 2009.

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