August 4, 1951 – November 5, 2014
Former Congressman Lane Evans died last night.
During his tenure, Evans was one of the most liberal members of the House, and probably Illinois' most liberal congressman from outside Chicago. A founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, he had a near-perfect lifetime rating from Americans For Democratic Action while the American Conservative Union gave him its lowest rating of any congressman outside Chicago. This would seem to be surprising, given that his district had a strong rural element. However, he had a reputation for strong constituent services.
Lane was the highest ranking elected official to give early support to Barack Obama in his bid for the U.S. Senate and Obama often credits his 2004 Senate victory to Evans' early endorsement.
Thank heavens for Lane Evans. May his memory be a blessing.
Christine Eik Winick, Chairman
Knox County Democratic Central Committee