Prine, originally from a western suburb of Chicago, has now been named Illinois’ first honorary Poet Laureate.
“Illinois has been home to many talented poets like Carl Sandburg, Sandra Cisneros, and Gwendolyn Brooks who all used their words to inspire readers across the world. Today, I’m excited to announce the search committee that will recommend our next state poet laureate,” Pritzker said in a statement.
He added: “It’s also my honor to name our state’s first honorary poet laureate.
“John Prine leaves behind an unparalleled musical legacy and was beloved by family and millions of fans who hope that in Heaven he finds Paradise waitin’ just as he longed for.”