State Sen. Kirk Dillard Calls for Halt to Political Activity Over 9-11 Weekend

From the Office of Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard…

State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) called upon his local volunteers and precinct committeemen to suspend political petition passing and other political activities this weekend in observance of the September 11th terrorists attacks 10th year anniversary. This is the first week candidates can pass petitions to be on the March 2012 election ballot under the newly drawn legislative maps following the census. Dillard will be attending multiple official ceremonies and church services over the weekend.

“This weekend is the time to transcend politics and partisan activities,” said Dillard in a letter to his local volunteers and committeemen. “Let us count our blessings and remember what is truly important.”

On September 11, 2001, a great tragedy befell our nation when terrorists struck at the heart of America. Nearly 3,000 of our fellow Americans lost their lives in the vicious attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in an airplane over a field in Pennsylvania. September 11th hit particularly close. I lost one of my pastors from Christ Church of Oak Brook, Rev. Jeff Mladenik and a constituent Bob Rasmussen of Hinsdale. Naval Commander, Dan Shanower of Naperville was killed in the Pentagon attack.

Now, ten years later, it is appropriate for us to take a moment to pause and reflect on the those families who lost a loved one, on the first-responders who with no thought to their own safety came to the aid of the victims, and on our military personnel who have sacrificed everything to bring the fight to the enemy to protect us here at home. This weekend is a time to transcend politics and partisan activities. Let us unite for the common good. I will be attending multiple ceremonies and church services over this weekend, and invite you to do the same.

I am asking you to join me, my wife Stephanie, and our children Emma and Ava, as we take this upcoming weekend to reflect on the sacrifices made in our behalf, and on the behalf of all Americans and the people of Illinois. Even in the heat of our upcoming election battles, we will be holding off on several political activities this weekend so that our team can take time with their families. Join us in prayer for those who have lost their lives so that we can be safe. Take this weekend to spend time with your family to give thanks for all the good we receive in America, and to wish the best for our police and firemen, and our soldiers in the field.

May God continue to bless the United States of America and the families and souls of those who gave their lives on that terrible sunny day in September, 2001. Let us count our blessings and remember what is truly important.

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