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  Cook County Democratic Party leader Thomas G. Lyons dies
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Last EditedCOSDem  Jan 14, 2007 01:40pm
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MediaNewspaper - Chicago Tribune
News DateSunday, January 14, 2007 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThomas G. Lyons headed the Cook County Democratic Party for nearly 17 years, often through turbulent times, using his repertoire of World War II ballads sung with politicians around a late-night piano to try to soothe any wounds.

Mr. Lyons, 75, who also was a veteran ward committeeman and served as a lawmaker, lawyer and lobbyist, died Friday, Jan. 12, of complications from paralysis, the result of an inflammation of the spinal cord, said his son Frank.

Mr. Lyons had been seriously ill for several months and last week announced plans to resign from the county political post that he had held since April 1990. Yet he continued his duties and was actively involved in the issues that led to Todd Stroger replacing his ill father, John Stroger, on the March ballot as Democratic nominee for Cook County Board president.

"He loved politics," said Mayor Richard M. Daley, to whom Mr. Lyons was a loyal ally. "He was really a special person and we extend our condolences to the Lyons family."
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