Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Senator Vince Demuzio died today.

This is sad news. The most senior member of the Illinois Senate, Vince Demuzio, died early today.

He was first elected in 1974, about a month after I was born. And I didn't know he was one of the "Crazy Eight" -- 8 senators who pushed hard to open up the state senate (like the Watergate class of Democrats in D.C. doing the same thing at the time). I found that out in this CBS 2 article.

They have already shifted his name to inactive on this Senate website.

I didn't realize how sick he was. I went into his Senate office last week while lobbying, and the secretary told me that he wasn't feeling well. He was only 62. Too, too young.

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