SPRINGFIELD – February 5, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Congresswoman Cardiss Collins (D-IL):
“Cardiss Collins was one of the strongest, most dedicated public servants in Illinois history.
“She inspired generations with her never-ending fight for consumers and unmatched commitment to her constituents on the West Side of Chicago.
“Cardiss Collins was a trailblazer. She was the first African-American woman to represent the state of Illinois in Congress and one of the longest-serving women in Congressional history. In addition to being a leading national voice, she was a dedicated mother and, prior to her time as an elected official, a hard-working state employee.
“Cardiss Collins is a legend in our state. She will be greatly missed.”