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‘An honor to call him a friend’: Illinois political leaders react to death of Bob Dole – NBC Chicago

Political leaders from across the Chicago area and the state of Illinois shared memories and tributes to former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who died early Sunday, calling him a war hero and of acclaimed Republican leader.

His wife, Elizabeth Dole, said in a social media ad that he passed away early Sunday morning in his sleep. He was 98 years old.

Dole announced in February 2021 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. During his 36-year career on Capitol Hill, Dole became one of the most influential lawmakers and party leaders in the Senate, combining a knack for compromise with a caustic spirit, which he often turned against himself but did not hesitate to turn against others. , too much.

Throughout Sunday, Republican and Democratic leaders, including Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, shared their reactions on social media to Dole’s death.

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