Senate Resolution 395 expressing support for NATO and the upcoming summit in Chicago was passed by a voice vote. The resolution had four bipartisan co-sponsors, Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL], Sen. Mark Kirk [R-IL], Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH], and Sen. Richard Lugar [R-IN].
From the Office of Senator Mark Kirk: “The NATO security alliance remains the greatest combined force for good in world history, defending our freedom and democracy around the globe,” a Kirk spokesperson said. “We know Chicagoans will warmly welcome our NATO allies in May and foster an environment for a successful summit.”
“The upcoming Chicago Summit is an opportunity to showcase Illinois and this great city to the world,” said Durbin. “Thousands of visitors will get the chance to experience our world-class city—the birthplace of the modern skyscraper and the elevated railway. Global leaders will be able to enjoy the contributions of generations of immigrants—including many from NATO member countries—that have made Chicago and our entire state what they are today. I am glad that the Senate has recognized this important moment for both NATO and Illinois.” (photo: Salon)