Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin's Daughter Dies

Durbin faces re-election Tuesday for third term
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2008 10:27 AM CST
The death of Sen. Dick Durbin's daughter comes as he, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, seeks a third term in Tuesday's general election.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin’s daughter died yesterday from a congenital heart condition, CNN reports. “Chris Durbin, 40, fought a heroic lifelong battle with heart disease,” said a spokesman. Durbin, who worked at the Department of Agriculture for 16 years, leaves behind a husband and a son. Her father, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, is seeking re-election Tuesday to a third term.