CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the passing of James Brady:
“Jim Brady had a heart full of grace. Few people have overcome as much adversity as Jim, and yet this native son of Centralia refused to let his injuries get in the way of his passion for serving others and trying to make the world a better place.
“After surviving a shooting while serving as President Ronald Reagan’s Press Secretary in 1981, Jim went on to campaign against gun violence. The “Brady Bill” was landmark legislation requiring background checks to stop guns from getting into the wrong hands. As the nation watched, the bill was signed into law in 1993 and has undoubtedly saved thousands of lives.
“For their commitment to public safety, I will always be grateful to Jim and his wife Sarah for their tireless efforts to raise awareness against gun violence.
“Jim was courageous in his convictions and never shied away from doing what he thought was right. People throughout the world will continue to look to Jim’s example whenever they need inspiration.
“I join the people of Illinois and America in remembering our neighbor and friend, James Brady. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they find comfort in his purpose-filled life.”
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