052314CM1265resizeSPRINGFIELD—Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) gave the following response to President Barack Obama’s speech to the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.

“I applaud President Obama for returning to Springfield to address a much needed topic in both our national and state discourse. The partisan bickering does nothing but tarnish the image of government.

“President Obama and I joined the State Senate at the same time. I got to know a young man who believed in doing whatever possible to make the state and the country a better place. The president would work with anyone, Republican or Democrat, who had the goal of making Illinois a better place to live and work.

“It used to be that we could sit down in a room and respectfully disagree on critical issues, but still come to a solution. In today’s political environment I don’t know if we can say the same. I am proud the president came to address this very important issue. I urge everyone to heed the president’s call for a politics that reflects our better selves as we continue to work hard for the people of Illinois.

As President Obama said in 2007, we need to stop doing things to score cheap political points and roll up our sleeves to get the hard work done for those who sent us to Springfield.”

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