Illinois legislators react to death of bin Laden

May 2, 2011

By The Associated Press and City Room

Illinois lawmakers are weighing in on news that U.S. forces have killed Osama bin Laden.

U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., said Monday morning that the death of Osama bin Laden has been a long time coming.

"We hope and pray it doesn't happen, but you have to brace yourself to be even more guarded against people who may try to bring about acts of retaliation," Manzullo said.

Manzullo said the U.S. is dealing with terrorists who are madmen and don't think straight because they believe it's spiritual to kill people.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said in a written statement that bin Laden's death is not an end to terrorism, but is a clear warning to America's enemies.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., called the death "an important demonstration of the will and steadfast determination of the American people."

But U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., cautioned that this isn't "an occasion where we can throw up our hats and take a victory lap." Biggert said the threat of terrorism remains real and Americans must stay vigilant.