Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Senator 'Bow-Tie' Simon dies at 75

Simon died at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, a day after undergoing heart surgery, his office at Southern Illinois University said.
Through two terms in the U.S. Senate and five in the House of Representatives, as well as 14 years in the Illinois state legislature and a unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, Simon remained an approachable man of conscience.

After leaving Washington in 1997, he became the head of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University and continued to be involved in a number of major issues including reform of the death penalty and the campaign finance system.
The senator from Illinois was a class act who fought hard but was always respectful of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Goodnight, kind sir.


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