Mary Lee Leahy

 

 

Age: 72

 

Summary: Springfield, Illinois attorney who triggered a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Illinois political patronage as she took the case Rutan v. Illinois Republican Party to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990, in which the court ruled that governments generally can't make hiring decisions on the basis of politics.

 

 

Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

 

Born: April 28, 1940

 

Died: December 11, 2012

 

Location: Chicago, Illinois