Saturday, May 17, 2008

Remembering Larry

The House of Representatives will have an official remembrance of the life of Rep. Larry McKeon this Tuesday at approximately 11:30 or Noon in the House Chamber.

Larry and I were elected the same year from adjoining districts, and had the opportunity to work together on issues both in Springfield and back in our neighborhoods. Getting to know Larry as both a friend and colleague was a true privilege.

Even after he retired, I would still see him in the halls of the Capitol, as recently as last Friday, as he advocated for issues he cared about. When my assistant in Springfield told me shortly before session on Wednesday that Larry had passed away overnight, it didn't really sink in at first. Not that one has anything to do with the other obviously, but he had seemed about as content as could be of late.

For friends of Larry who aren't in Springfield, or can't come by the Capitol, you can watch or listen to the proceedings live at this link to the House audio and video feeds.

There will also be a memorial service for Larry in Chicago the next few weeks. I'll pass on the details once they're available.


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