Illinois rep. to Mississippi: Sorry for the insult - - Jackson, MS

Illinois rep. to Mississippi: Sorry for the insult

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker visited the Mississippi Capitol on Saturday and took back a casual insult he flung at the southern state three ago.

Democratic Rep. Jack Franks said he made a "stupid comment" when he was defending a $28 million renovation of the Illinois Statehouse.

He said in 2007: "Certainly, the chamber has to be nice and to befit a state of our stature. It's not like we're Mississippi. We're a rich state."

A vacationing Franks said he was surprised to find Mississippi lawmakers meeting in a rare Saturday session. He apologized to several, and received a hat, a flag pin and a tumbler from Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant.

Franks also complimented the 107-year-old building: "I wish our Capitol in Illinois was as nice as this."

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