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September 24, 1931 - February 4, 2013
| Age 81
HERBERT G. McCANN, The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardiss Collins, the first African-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress, died of complications from pneumonia at a Virginia hospital, according to a family friend.
Mel Blackwell said this week that Collins died Sunday evening at a hospital in Alexandria, Va., after suffering a stroke and spending time in a nursing home.
"She was a groundbreaking congresswoman," Blackwell said.
Collins originally was...
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