12/11/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Invited Former Rep. Lane Evans To Election Night Suite

In a testament to his admiration for the former Illinois congressman, Barack Obama apparently invited Lane Evans to his hotel suite on election night. The Inside Dope commented, "I can't think of a higher honor than having a president-elect include you in the very small group of people allowed into his hotel suite on election night, and find time to talk intimately with you, before such a history changing moment."

Evans represented the 17th District for 12 terms, but retired in 2006 due to an ongoing battle with Parkinson's Disease. He now resides in an assisted living center in Silvis, Illinois. Obama has repeatedly said how much he admires his former congressional colleague and has even credited his 2004 Senate victory to Evans' early support.

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