CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinoisans are mourning the death of Nelson Mandela.
Gov. Pat Quinn few figures of the 20th century changed the world as much as Mandela. He called Mandela a “hero of democracy.”
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says Mandela had courage and commitment coupled with “a caring and forgiving heart.” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called Mandela “one of the greatest moral leaders of our time.” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago says Mandela is a model for responding to injustice.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Mandela’s message of peace and hope resonates with Chicagoans two decades after the late South African president visited the city.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush remembered helping to organize Mandela’s visit to Chicago. U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley said Mandela’s legacy includes “tolerance, equality and perseverance.”