Wednesday, March 29

Statement from Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on the retirement of Lane Evans, congressman     Send a link to a friend

[MARCH 29, 2006]  Statement released Tuesday afternoon by the governor's office:

"Congressman Lane Evans has been my colleague, my friend and someone I admire greatly. He spent his entire professional life serving his country, starting in the Marines and continuing in the United States House of Representatives.

"All along the way, he held tight to his values and priorities. He has been one of the most vocal supporters of our veterans in the nation. And at the same time, he never overlooked his responsibility to the hardworking people of western Illinois, who time and time again put their trust in him to fight in Washington to make their lives better.

"I'm saddened by the news that Lane's battle with Parkinson's is taking him out of public service. I wish him all the best in his retirement. Whoever earns the chance to take his place in serving the 17th District will have an outstanding example to follow."

[News release from the governor's office]


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