BYRON, Ill. (AP) — Days before he's set to take office, Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will be flying into several of Illinois' smaller and midsized communities.

He starts the two-day tour Friday morning with a stop in the community of Byron. After that he will visit Casey, Grayville and Benton. On Saturday he'll hit Maryville, Quincy, Moline and Moweaqua.

His team has dubbed it the "Ready to Work Tour."

Rauner won't be stopping in any of the state's major media markets, including Chicago and Springfield.

The inaugural festivities begin Sunday. Rauner will be sworn into office Monday.

Rauner ousted Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in the November election. Rauner is a venture capitalist from Winnetka who will be assuming his first public office when he is sworn in.

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