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Remembering Ex-Congressman Ken Gray

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Former Illinois Congressman Ken Gray file photo (Facebook/KFVS)

Former Illinois Congressman Ken Gray file photo (Facebook/KFVS)

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BENTON, Ill. (AP)- Family, friends and constituents of former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray of southern Illinois are getting their chance to pay their last respects.

Services were planned for Saturday afternoon at the Benton Civic Center for the Democrat, who died a week ago at a Herrin hospital after a long illness.

Gray was 89.

The Democrat represented Illinois in Congress for a dozen terms and was known for his colorful style. His ability to bring $7 billion in federal funding to his economically depressed district earned him the nickname the “Prince of Pork.”

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