Rep. Butler: Bob Michel embodied the best in what it is to be a public servant

State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) issued the following statement upon learning of the death of former U.S. House Minority Leader Bob Michel:

“Our Nation, our State, and my hometown of Peoria have lost a true giant.  Bob Michel embodied the best of what it is to be a public servant.  Bob brought his humble, Main Street, Central Illinois values to Washington, a background that allowed him to succeed like few Members who serve in the minority party have ever have.   Bob stood on principle, but his deep belief in civility and establishing common ground to make progress is something that is sorely needed in today’s political environment.  It was a true honor to know Bob and be able to call him my friend.  My condolences go to his family and all of those who knew this wonderful man.”