April 11, 2010 (CHICAGO) --
Two members of Illinois' congressional delegation have introduced resolutions in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House expressing sympathies over the loss of Poland's president and 95 others in a plane crash. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley introduced the identical resolutions on Tuesday. The resolution also expresses continued solidarity with the Polish people and support for the Polish government.
Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his Maria Kaczynska were among 96 people killed Saturday in a plane crash in western Russia. Durbin says he extends his sympathies for Poland's "profound loss." Quigley says the loss will be felt "for years to come."
Chicago has the largest Polish and Polish-American population in the U.S.