CHICAGO – August 26, 2009. “Senator Ted Kennedy was a true American patriot. He fought for civil rights, decent health care and dignity for all people. He will be deeply missed throughout our state and nation.
Senator Kennedy was an optimist, believing that our country’s finest chapters are still to be written. May his work remind us of the importance of dedicating ourselves to serving our country.
Illinois has a high regard and fondness for the Kennedy family, which has played a significant role in our state’s political, business and civic communities. Senator Kennedy’s family remains in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.”