Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) praised Chicago's former first lady Maggie Daley, who died Thanksgiving eve, in a speech from the Senate floor on Tuesday. Watch Durbin's tribute HERE. Durbin attended Mrs. Daley's funeral on Monday at St. Pat's and talked about the mass in his remarks.
Excerpts from Durbin's Senate floor speech: "Maggie Daley was an adopted daughter of Chicago, but no native-born Chicagoan could have loved the city more or served it better. Last May, as her husband Rich prepared to step down at Chicago's mayor, the Chicago Tribune ran an article about what Maggie Daley had meant to Chicago. The first paragraph put it well. It read: 'There has never been and may never be a Chicago First lady of greater impact, influence and inspiration as Maggie Daley.'
"Maggie Daley was smart, funny, tireless, amazingly modest and deeply compassionate. She was also an intensely private person. Yet she managed to touch so many people with her work and her example. The love Chicagoans feel for Maggie Daley was reflected in the faces of the people who waited in a line a block long to attend her wake at the Chicago Cultural Center, a public treasure she helped to restore."