- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois’ senior senator calls the late Congressman Ken Gray an unforgettable “legend” who was beloved by his constituents.

Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin paid tribute to Gray on Tuesday on the Senate floor. He recalled his fellow Democrat’s rainbow of sport coats, personal helicopter and pink Cadillac. Durbin noted Gray’s work “made a real difference in the daily lives of southern Illinoisans.”

Gray died late Saturday at a hospital in Herrin at age 89 after a long illness. He represented Illinois in Congress for 12 terms and was known for his flamboyant style. His ability to bring $7 billion in federal funding to his district earned him the nickname the “Prince of Pork.”

Services for Gray are scheduled for next weekend.

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