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
"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