Governor Quinn Statement Regarding Passing of Gene Callahan
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Gene Callahan:
“Gene Callahan was one of those rare fixtures in the political world – a true gentleman who could work with anybody, any time, to get things done.
“It is hard to believe the 40-plus-year ‘Callahan era’ has come to a close. Few of us can remember a time when Gene was not involved in public service. Thankfully, he has instilled those same values in his daughter Cheri Bustos, who has taken his ethic of hard work and honesty to the U.S. Congress.
“Illinois has suffered two huge losses recently – first former Senator Alan Dixon, and now the Senator’s long-time friend and advisor, Gene Callahan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the thousands of people whose lives Gene touched during his long and storied life.”
Simon statement on the passing of Gene Callahan
CHICAGO – Aug. 4, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement on the passing of longtime friend and advisor Gene Callahan.
“Illinois will miss Gene Callahan. And the Simon family in particular has lost a dear friend.
“Gene served as chief of staff for my dad, a mentor for my brother, and a trusted advisor for me. He was always focused on what was best for the people of our state, not short-term political advantage. His ethical standards were the highest – standards I try to live up to daily.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Gene’s family and all whose lives he touched.”
Schilling Statement on Passing of Gene Callahan
EAST MOLINE, Ill.—Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) released the following statement today about the passing of Gene Callahan, a dedicated public servant to the State of Illinois and father to Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline):
"Illinois lost a great statesman today. Gene Callahan admirably dedicated his life to public service and had a positive impact on the State of Illinois. My prayers go out to Congresswoman Bustos and her entire family."
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COMPTROLLER TOPINKA STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF GENE CALLAHAN
CHICAGO - Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka released the following statement in response to the passing of longtime civil servant Gene Callahan:
"Illinois lost a true statesman this morning with the passing of Gene Callahan. Gene was passionate about public service. Although he worked in government and politics for decades he was able to rise above partisanship and work with anyone for the good of the order. He was truly one of the good ones. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."
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