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Former U.S. Rep. Cardiss Collins dies
Former U.S. Rep. Cardiss Collins, the first African-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress, died of natural causes at age 81 on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Washington, D.C., according to a statement from Rep. Danny Davis, who replaced Collins as representative for the 7th Congressional District when she retired in 1997.
By Patrick Svitek
February 5, 2013