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NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

What Illinois members of Congress say
about NIU’s proton therapy plan

“I commend the leadership at NIU for seeking to make this life-saving technology available in Illinois. I fully support the project and look forward to working with NIU to make this plan a reality.”
— U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)

“While thousands of patients have realized the benefits of this cancer treatment, proton therapy is currently unavailable in Illinois. Yet this advanced technology was realized at Fermilab. The NIU plan, in a real sense, will bring this resource back home to Illinois.”
— U.S. Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill., 14th District)

“This cancer treatment facility will be both a technological and economical boon for the state of Illinois. But most importantly, it will save lives.”
— U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill, 16th District)

“We all have friends and relatives who have suffered the devastating effects of cancer. The people of Illinois will benefit from easy access to the very best treatment options that are available. In the heart of the suburbs and next to a regional airport, the location of the NIU proton therapy facility would seem ideal.”
— U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill., 8th District)

“I’m delighted to be able to work on behalf of the NIU plan. It will cement Illinois’ reputation as being on the cutting-edge of health care technology and help the state continue to train and produce the most knowledgeable and advanced medical specialists in the world.”
— U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill., 3rd District)
Vice Chair, Science and Technology Committee

“This is an important, collaborative effort that promises to bring together the best and brightest minds in the medical profession across Illinois and beyond.”
— U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill., 7th District)

“I’m thrilled to see that NIU has taken the lead to bring proton therapy to the people of Illinois. This cancer treatment facility will save lives and improve the quality of life for countless others.”
— U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill., 18th District)

“NIU’s proton therapy facility will give doctors an important new weapon in the fight against cancer.”
— U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill., 13th District)

“Proton therapy holds great promise for thousands of cancer patients in Illinois, the Midwest and beyond.”
— U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill., 9th District)

“Proton therapy treatment is important to saving lives. I am pleased this facility will bring that treatment to Illinois.”
— U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill. 5th District)