WASHINGTON--The Illinois senators, Dick Durbin and freshman Mark Kirk hold their first joint Illinois breakfast on Thursday. Kirk agreed to continue the long tradition, started by former Senators Alan J. Dixon and the late Paul Simon, of meeting with any Illinoisans in town on Thursday's when the Senate is in session.
Anyone can ask anything about legislation, a special issue or help from a federal agency at these sessions. After Dixon and Simon, the tradition was carried on by every successive Illinois senator, no matter Republican or Democrat: Carol Moseley Braun, Durbin, Peter Fitzgerald and Barack Obama.
And fyi....it's usually coffee and donuts, not a real breakfast.