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Gov. Quinn calls late congressman Ken Gray a 'gentleman'

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Gov. Pat Quinn calls late former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray a "gentleman and statesman."

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Gray died late Saturday at a hospital in Herrin in southern Illinois at age 89 after a long illness. He represented Illinois in Congress for 12 terms and was known for his flamboyant style. His ability to bring $7 billion in federal funding to his district earned him the nickname the "Prince of Pork."

Gov. Quinn says "a grateful state fondly remembers what the congressman did for Illinois." He says in a statement that Gray "never tired of advocating for his beloved state and region."

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