Obituaries – Priest John Egan, Politician Lorraine Dixon – Brief Article

Obituaries – Priest John Egan, Politician Lorraine Dixon – Brief Article – Obituary

May 19 Monsignor John “Jack” Egan, one of Chicago’s most respected religious leaders, dies of cardiovascular disease at age 84. During his 58 years as a Roman Catholic priest, Egan became a powerful figure in fighting racism and raising awareness on social justice issues. In 1965, he marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala., and encouraged other clergy to join the civil rights movement. He called for subsidized housing as a means to cope with urban segregation in the 1950s and ’60s.

June 29 Eighth Ward Alderman Lorraine Dixon, an African American ally of Mayor Daley in the Chicago City Council, dies of breast cancer at age 51. Dixon was appointed by Daley in 1990 and won re-election three times. “She fought for better schools, safer neighborhoods and fairer lending practices for low-income people, even as she was fighting for her life,” Daley says in a statement. Cook County Board President John Stroger Jr., her mentor, says she was “a worthy public servant and a good human being.”

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