Governor Pritzker Bestows Honorary Poet Laureate Designation to Illinois Native and Legendary Singer-Songwriter John Prine

To commemorate the life of Illinois native John Prine and celebrate his writing and musical contributions, Governor Pritzker has proclaimed Prine as an Honorary Poet Laureate. The legendary singer-songwriter, who was born in Maywood, IL, passed away on April 7, 2020 after contracting COVID-19. John Prine is the first Illinoisan to receive this honorary designation.

“John had a great respect for Writers of all kinds. He regarded Poets as being among those whose work carried weight, relevance and elevated craft,” said Fiona Whelan Prine. “It is such an honor for me, our sons, and the entire Prine family to acknowledge that our beloved John will be named an Honorary Poet Laureate of the State of Illinois. Thank you, Gov. Pritzker, for this wonderful recognition.”


Proclamation from Governor Pritzker