Monday, July 31, 2006

Best Wishes

State Representative Larry McKeon, my colleague for a decade and the Representative for the district adjoining mine, today announced that he will be retiring from the Legislature at the end of his current term.

As both a legislator and a person, Larry proved himself to be a tireless fighter, triumphing over legislative issues as well as personal health issues. Not surprisingly, Larry has indicated that he intends to continue working on many of the issues which he holds dear.

Please join me in wishing him the best in his future endeavors.


At July 31, 2006 at 11:03 AM, Anonymous Just Asking said...

On a serious note, if the Stroger seat had to 'stay Black', does this seat have to 'stay Gay'? Or can we finally get past all of this type of stuff?

At July 31, 2006 at 11:10 AM, Anonymous Northside Dem said...

That's just what I was thinking. If one looks at McKeon's district, it is doesn't appear to have as concentrated a gay population as does Feigenholtz district, so it isn't really a 'gay district' on its face. It will be interesting to see how the replacement process goes in this one. It looks like it's Schulter's and O'Connor's call.

At July 31, 2006 at 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Rep. McKeon the best. Obviously politics will play a large part of replacing him and I think that this will likely get done the 'old fashioned way'.

At July 31, 2006 at 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich Miller's blog has McKeon's statement that he wants his friend Jim Snyder to replace him on the ballot. I don't see him getting it, but one way or the other it will be a good primary to watch in 08.

At July 31, 2006 at 2:18 PM, Blogger Cal Skinner said...

Best wishes, Larry.

At July 31, 2006 at 2:25 PM, Blogger Randall Sherman said...

It seems unfortunate that more than 90,000 people will be represented for the next two year in the Illinois House by someone who will be chosen by at the most, three men.

To me, it seems like another reason to support a call for a state Constitutional Convention at the 2008 General Election.

At July 31, 2006 at 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The reality is that you have a guy that is stepping down for personal reasons and he has to be replaced somehow. The voters will ultimately decide if they are happy with the choice.

At July 31, 2006 at 8:08 PM, Anonymous Larry McKeon said...

Thanks John for your gracious comments. I look forward to seeing you during the veto session if not sooner.

Anyone who is interested can read my full press release at my blog. A work in progress.

At July 31, 2006 at 8:40 PM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

You deserve them. But you forgot to give people the link to your blog. So here it is

At July 31, 2006 at 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Is there nothing that you won't use as an opening to say something negative?

At August 1, 2006 at 12:23 AM, Anonymous silentk said...

Larry's steadfast mission toward attaining accountability from our transit organizations will be sorely missed.

I wish him the best, with great respect for one who stands up for his beliefs.


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