CHICAGO – April 10, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement of condolence regarding the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski:
“On behalf of the people of Illinois, I want to express my deep condolences to the people of Poland, and to Polish-Americans, on the loss of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, who died in today’s tragic plane crash in western Russia.
President Kaczynski was a courageous and dedicated champion of his nation and a defender of freedom.’
Throughout his life he fought for the working men and women of Poland and served as an inspiration to the Polish-Americans living throughout our country, the state of Illinois and the Chicago-area.’
I also want to express condolences to the friends and families of the other passengers who died in this terrible accident.’
The thoughts and prayers of the people of Illinois are with the people of Poland, and Polish-Americans, during this difficult time.”
(For background: Polish President Kaczynski was expected to be in Chicago in late April with Governor Quinn to help commemorate Polish Constitution Day, which is May 3.)