Illinois state Rep. Mark Beaubien dies suddenly -

Illinois state Rep. Mark Beaubien dies suddenly

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois state. Rep. Mark Beaubien has died. The seven-term House Republican was 68.  

His family said in a statement that Beaubien died suddenly Sunday afternoon while at a House GOP event with family, friends and colleagues.  

The Barrington Hills man had been the budget expert for House Republicans in recent years.  

House Republican Leader Tom Cross said Beaubien was known for his ability to work with all lawmakers on important issues.  

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says Beaubien served with "integrity and fortitude."  

He is survived by his wife, Dee, and their two sons.  

Funeral arrangements were pending.  

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