Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans of Illinois died late Wednesday after a
long battle with Parkinson's disease, said his legal guardian, Mike
Malmstrom. Evans was 63.
Malmstrom, who served on the Rock Island
Democrat's staff, said Evans died at a nursing home in East Moline,
where he had been living for nearly two years.
Evans was a partner
in a private legal aid service in Rock Island when he was elected to
the House in 1982. He served in Congress until 2006.
Evans served in the Marines from 1969 to 1971 and then got a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington.
Bustos said Evans "represented everything that is right about public
service. He was a champion for our region in the halls of Congress and a
strong advocate for veterans and working families across the country.
Lane will be sorely missed by all who he touched, but his legacy of
service will never be forgotten."
Sen. Dick Durbin said Illinois "lost one of its kindest, most caring public servants."