Duckworth cheered at dinner
Chicago-area candidate wounded in Iraq
Monday, August 7, 2006
BY ERINN DESHINSKY
OF THE JOURNAL STAR
BLOOMINGTON - Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth received a standing ovation Sunday as she walked to the speaker's podium at the McLean County Democrats Annual Dinner.
The 10 feet to the podium was normally no small feat, but for Duckworth, who lost both her legs while serving in Iraq less than two years ago, it is her way to show she will not give up, no matter how hard the fight.
Her next fight, for a House seat in the Republican-leaning 6th Congressional District in Chicago's suburbs, will be difficult but can be won, said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who introduced Duckworth at the dinner, held at the Chateau Inn in Bloomington.
He called Duckworth an extraordinary person who can make a difference in Congress.
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