Gov. Pat Quinn is remembering a Springfield attorney who took an Illinois political patronage case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Quinn's office said Wednesday that Mary Lee Leahy was a one-time colleague and longtime friend of the governor. She died in Chicago after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Leahy took a case to the Supreme Court in 1990 that resulted in a ruling banning patronage hiring. Quinn says Leahy was a strong advocate and made her mark as a reformer, attorney and public servant. He praised her time as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The governor says Illinois is a better and more ethical state because of Leahy.
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