(WEEK) – The first woman to serve as lieutenant governor of Illinois has died.
Corinne Wood passed away after a 15-year battle with breast cancer, her husband, Paul, confirmed Tuesday evening. She was 66.
Wood, a Republican, held the lieutenant governor’s job under Gov. George Ryan from 1999 to 2003.
Current Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, a Democrat, released a statement Tuesday night.
“She was a trailblazer bringing her authentic self to the office and elevating the issue of women’s health,” said Stratton.
“She paved the way for women like me to serve in this role,” Stratton also said.
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