First couple marries this year in Cook Co.

January 3, 2011 3:22:47 PM PST
A Chicago couple rang in the New Year by being the first couple married this year in Cook County.

Cook County Clerk David Orr married Miguel and Jacqueline Cruz. He has traditionally married the couple who obtains the first marriage license of the year. The lucky couple is also traditionally showered with gifts.

This year's gifts, a complementary weekend for two at the Palmer House Hilton, a gift certificate to a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant and two tickets to a show courtesy of the Goodman Theatre.

The Cruzes did not plan to be the first married couple. The couple has been together 12 years. They plan to also have their pastor marry them sometime soon.