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Former Illinois Rep. Rosemary Mulligan Dies

The brother of former state lawmaker Rosemary Mulligan says she has died after her health suffered in recent months.

Stephen Granzyk says the 73-year-old Republican died Tuesday, months after moving into a retirement community in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines.

Mulligan represented the Northwest suburbs in the Illinois House from 1993 to 2013. She was considered a social moderate with expertise in the state's human services budget and the disabled.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin called Mulligan "a fierce advocate of women's health issues and protector of our most vulnerable citizens."

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement that Mulligan was "never afraid to reach across the aisle to get the job done."

Mulligan is survived by two sons in addition to her brother. Services are pending.

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