Everybody loves a winner, and members of the Illinois House of Representatives are no exception.


“I rise to congratulate my fellow SIU Salukis,” said State Rep. Chad Hays (R-Catlin). “Nine national titles! It doesn't get much more impressive than that.” He added a “Go Dawgs!” for good measure.


State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) couldn't resist pointing out one team member, whom he did not name, was a beneficiary of a legislative scholarship of his. That scholarship program, which Dunkin has defended, ended after reports of abuse via cronyism and political influence. Dunkin left that part out Thursday.


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The students, visiting the Capitol Thursday, won the championship in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association. The competition includes seven ground events and four flight events.

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