On Monday, September 11, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner officially proclaimed September 28, 2017 as National Bakery Day in the state.

This will hopefully be the first of several state and local governments to do so, as the first official National Bakery Day approaches in late September. In order to help promote this important event, retail bakery owners can ask mayors, governors, and state representatives for proclamations on that day.

The full text of the proclamation from Governor Rauner reads:

"Whereas, the variety and evolution of baked goods reflect the individual character of the community where they are baked and traditions that are passed down from generation to generation from across the globe; and,

Whereas, it is the independent bakery's warm and welcoming environment, joyful staff, and celebratory culture that set it apart from other institutions; and,

Whereas, the state of Illinois is home to a number of these cultural and community gems, many of which boast families or groups of lifelong resident-customers; and, 

Whereas, these independent bakeries continue to sweeten our communities , fill the air with the delicious scent of fresh baked goods, and fill our bellies with signature sweets and flavors that cannot be imitated elsewhere on the globe, all while satisfying our diverse mouthwatering cravings; and,

Whereas, many of these independent bakeries will mark September 28, 2017, as National Bakery Day with special activities to celebrate their enduring presence and invaluable cultural contributions to our communities in Illinois;

Therefore, I, Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby recognize September 28, 2017, as National Bakery Day in Illinois."