It was an emotional high point for the Illinois delegation at the Republican National Convention.
Ailing U.S. Senator Mark Kirk addressed the delegation in a videotaped message, where he told them he wished he could be with them.
Kirk remains sidelined by a stroke that he suffered nearly eight months ago.
In the message, Kirk urged his fellow Republicans to fight hard, telling them the presidential race is one of the most important elections we’ve ever had.
The delegation gave a standing ovation at the conclusion of the one-minute video.