CHICAGO - Governor Quinn today released the following statement as people across Illinois celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day:
“As parades step off this weekend and rivers flow an emerald green, we should all honor the contributions of Irish-Americans to the Land of Lincoln.
“This holiday reminds me of my grandfather, a descendant of Ireland, and my father, P.J. Quinn, who served our country in World War II. Both men were hard workers and always had a kind word for everyone.
“Irish-Americans have left their mark on Illinois – with a bold and determined spirit – and will no doubt continue to do so for years to come.
“To those visiting our great state for this joyous holiday, I wish you ‘céad míle fáilte’- a hundred thousand welcomes.
“Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all.”
Today Governor Quinn attended morning Mass at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago and marched in the front line of Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Across Illinois there are approximately 1.6 million people of Irish descent.