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Quinn Declares Illinois Olympian Day

22 Illinois athletes honored with proclamation



    (Published Friday, Aug. 24, 2012)

    Illinois' summer Olympians are getting their due Friday.

    Gov. Pat Quinn proclaimed August 24th Illinois Olympian Day, in homage to the the 22 athletes from the state who competed in the London Games.

    "I thought it was really special that we had in our state men and women who excel in athletics, but also excel off the field, they're great human beings," Quinn said. "I think we saw first hand how generous they are, how friendly they are and what great teammates they are."

    Three Illinois Olympic athletes joined Quinn at a news conference, including swimmer Connor Dwyer, gymnastics alternate Anna Li and windsurfer Bob Willis.

    "I couldn't ask to grow up in a better city. The support around Chicago has been unbelievable, so thanks a lot for having me and supporting me through my run to the Olympics," Dwyer said.

    Willis said he was the only windsurfer to make the U.S. team who did not hail from Florida or California.