"While he was governor we took our children ages 4&8 to see the Capital. We saw the governor walking down the hallway and said hello and could we take a photo with him and the children. He graciously posed for the photo. I had it developed it and mailed it to his office to have it autographed. It wasn’t long before the photo was returned. The photo was hung on the wall for many years, the children were very proud of it. My husband and I were always impressed that the Governor walked back to have a photo done and talk with children on i’m Sure a very busy day for him.
"I wanted to send my condolences to the family of James Thompson - the State of Illinois' former Governor.
It was such a shock when the news reported his passing.
Mrs. Thompson - please know that my heart is broken from the passing of your wonderful husband - our former Governor.
I hope that you and your daughter and granddaughter take some comfort in knowing that everyone in the State of Illinois feels for the loss of your husband.
Sending my deepest Condolences
If you need someone to talk to - or just to listen - please feel free to call. I know that you have thousands of family and friends - but if you need to talk to someone not in your immediate circle - I would be honored to talk with you.
I never met Governor Thompson - but I feel that I knew him - just from his presence on TV."