State Rep. Jeanne Ives was in awe when she saw firsthand the immense size of the USS Illinois,
the Navy's newest Virginia class nuclear submarine.

Ives, a Wheaton Republican and U.S. Army veteran, was part of a 20-member delegation from the Illinois General Assembly who traveled to Groton, Conn., for the christening ceremony Oct. 10. Ives also attended a February event in Aurora with the boat's captain.

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