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Gene Callahan dies — pols’ ‘trusted friend’ and ‘true statesman’

For a man who had the ear — and trust — of some of the most powerful politicians in Illinois, it was a pretty simple rule: Always return telephone calls. But it was a credo that Gene Callahan embraced for more than half a century. Mr. Callahan, father of U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and a trusted adviser to a Who’s Who of other Democratic politicians, died Monday. He was 80.

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