On Sunday September 4th, the Taste of Polonia was visited by several dignitaries including Gov. Bruce Rauner who was welcomed at a VIP reception in the Annex by Polish Consul General Piotr Janicki, Copernicus Board members including Pres. Hubert Chioromski and Gregg Kobelinski, the PACC board members; Pres. Anna Morzy, Tom Startek, Slavek Wysocki, PNA's National Secretary, Charles Komosa and others. Gov. Rauner then joined the festivities, shaking hands, posing for pictures etc. According to Gregg Kobelinski, this has been the largest attendance of any on record.