"On behalf of the people of Illinois, I want to express my
deepest condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of
Representative Lovana "Lou" Jones.
"I served with Lou Jones in the
Illinois House of Representatives and know that she was respected by
her colleagues and advocates across the state for her unbending
commitment to helping people reach their full potential and overcome
obstacles associated with race and poverty. She was a strong
presence in the legislature, always pushing for equality and never
hesitating to expose the sometimes-harsh truths about people left
behind by a government that is supposed to uphold justice and
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"In her personal life, Lou was just as strong and compassionate.
After the loss of her daughter, she raised her own grandchildren and
made sure they had a secure and loving home. That commitment
inspired me, and I had her in mind when we pushed for a new program
to make college tuition more affordable for parents and grandparents
trying to help their kids succeed -- I even mentioned her as an
example in this year's State of the State speech.
"Lou Jones left a clear mark on the hearts and minds of those who
had the opportunity to know her and work with her. I speak for many
when I say she will be greatly missed."
[News release from the governor's