Illinois politicians today commemorated the 70th anniversary of Germany’s surrender in World War 2. Gov. Bruce Rauner was among the speakers at an event marking Victory in Europe Day at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. “It is an honor for all of us to be in the presence of heroes”, Rauner said. “Every one of you here today, you veterans who served, you put your lives at risk to fight evil and protect human rights. Thank you.”
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U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) spoke about learning from the war by standing up to modern day violators of human rights, particularly Iran. “We remember the past to change the future,” Kirk said.
More than 22,000 Illinoisans died while serving in the military during the war.