CHICAGO – June 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn issued a statement on the passing of former Illinois first lady Lura Lynn Ryan, who passed away Monday at the age of 76.
“As Illinois’ first lady, Lura Lynn Ryan dedicated herself to representing those whose voices weren’t heard. She worked tirelessly to protect the future of Illinois’ children, and was an advocate for seniors and those battling substance abuse. She inspired many with her strength and grace throughout her fight against cancer.
“Her passing is a loss to the people in Illinois, and my thoughts and prayers go out to Lura Lynn’s family, friends and the many individuals whose lives she touched as we honor a truly great woman.”