Illinois Congressman Visits Local College

From WGIL radio:

An Illinois Congressman says he hopes students at Knox College will heed his call to take another look at public service when they graduate.

Sixth District Republican Peter Roskam came to Galesburg Friday, where he spoke to an introductory Political Science course at Knox along with a class on politics and religion. Both Roskam’s parents graduated from the school.

Roskam tells WGIL he encouraged the students to consider public service, despite what they otherwise see and hear about public service and political life, and draws a parallel to two certain famous former visitors of the school.

“Don’t be deceived by cynicism about public life,” Roskam said. “Ultimately, you look at the sort of declarations that Abraham Lincoln was making, even though he lost that election of 1958. Stephen Douglas made a mistake in some ways by agreeing to those debates from a political perspective. But ultimately, that was a great service to our country, wasn’t it?”