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September 2, 2014, 6:47 pm
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Ethics Champion Mary Lee Leahy Passes Away


She took on the huge political patronage machine in Illinois... and won.

 

Mary Lee Leahy is being remembered today as a tenacious and principled fighter for ethics and justice.

 

Leahy was the lead attorney in the Rutan case, which eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court and led to a landmark ruling that overturned the political hiring system in state government.

 

Leahy died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.

 

She was 72.

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