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Durbin honors retiring LaHood on US Senate floor

Ray LaHood

The Associated Press


WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has taken to the floor of the Senate to praise Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

LaHood, a Peoria native, recently announced he's retiring. Durbin spoke about LaHood's achievements Tuesday, saying he's left a great legacy in Washington and in Illinois.

Durbin praised his fellow Illinoisan for supporting projects in the state. Those projects overseen by LaHood include high speed rail, work at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and an infrastructure grant program that helped build the Warehouse District in Peoria and multimodal facilities in Moline, Normal and Alton.

Durbin also applauded LaHood for choosing "patriotism over partisan politics." He noted that LaHood is "a proud Republican" who said yes when President Barack Obama asked him to oversee the nation's transportation policy.

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