011516CMPAN2 rSPRINGFIELD —State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) released the following statement today following the news that Senator Donne Trotter is retiring.

 “I was lucky enough to call Senator Trotter not just my colleague, but also my mentor, my roommate and my friend. He supported me in replacing Barack Obama in the Senate when it was not popular in Springfield to do so, and I have benefited from his advice and support ever since. His intelligence, dedication and compassion will be sorely missed in the Senate.”