WASHINGTON--Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), out of the hospital following surgery to remove a stomach tumor, will stump statewide with Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias. Durbin blitzed Illinois in 2004 with another Senate candidate--one Barack Obama--and the two often told the story of their trip to Cairo, Illinois at the tip of the state.
They kick off the tour Wednesday, at Democratic Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.
Below, Giannoulias release.....
Giannoulias, Durbin To Criss-Cross Illinois on Jobs Tour
CHICAGO - U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias and Senator Richard Durbin will kick off the first of two statewide tours on Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair. The tours will highlight Alexi's comprehensive plan to get our economy moving again and shine a light on the stark choice in the U.S. Senate race this year -- a choice between incumbent Washington Congressman Mark Kirk, who takes record amounts of corporate money and continually votes to protect their interests, and Alexi, a true independent voice who banned pay-to-play on his first day in office, refuses to take corporate special interest money, and has presented comprehensive plans to end the economic mess caused by a decade of Bush-Kirk economics. Alexi will travel to 16 towns in central and southern Illinois in four days.
"This tour is all about the direction Illinois is headed and the clear choice Illinois voters face between returning to the Bush-Kirk economic plan that got us into this mess, or finding new ways to help small businesses grow and create the next generation of good-paying jobs," said Giannoulias. "Congressman Mark Kirk has been in Washington so long that he just doesn't get what people in Illinois are struggling with every day. Just last week he voted again to protect tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas instead of using that money to keep 5,700 Illinois teachers in the classroom, and he continues to push a plan that would add nearly $1 trillion to our national debt by extending tax cuts for only the wealthiest Americans. Illinois families can't trust him to put their interests first. I am proud that I ended pay to play on my first day in office and refuse to take money from corporate PACs and federal lobbyists. That's why the voters of Illinois can trust me to fight every day to fix what's broken in Washington and create the new, good jobs of tomorrow."
During the tour, Giannoulias will share his plans for creating the next generation of good-paying jobs, helping small businesses access capital so that they can grow, and rooting out the corporate special interests that plague Washington. Senator Durbin will join the tour for select stops on 8/19 and 8/20. Giannoulias will visit the following cities and towns in Illinois: Bloomington/Normal, Cairo, Carbondale, Chester, Decatur, Du Quoin, Alton, East St. Louis, Effingham, Harrisburg, Mascoutah, Metropolis, Mt. Vernon, Pana, Springfield, and Waterloo.