Former Chicago Alderman Bernard Stone dies

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Longtime Chicago alderman of the 50th Ward, Bernard "Bernie" Stone has died at the age of 87.

His family tells WGN he died early Monday morning in Skokie North Shore Hospital after complications from a fall that occurred on Saturday.

He was first elected to the Chicago City Council in 1973 under former Mayor Richard J. Daley.  Stone is the second longest-serving alderman after Edward Burke.

He served nearly four decades in office. In 2011, Stone lost his seat to Ald. Debra Silverstein.+

Former 44th Ward Alderman and University of Illinois at Chicago Political Analyst Dick Simpson called Stone "colorful."

"Once he had a barrier erected between his ward on the far north side and Evanston because of a new shopping center that was going to be put in on the Evanston side," Simpson said.

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley issued the following statement about Stone:

"Bernie Stone was a wonderful alderman, a hands-on professional who cared deeply about the people of his ward and worked hard to ensure it was an ever-improving community. On behalf of the entire Daley family, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of his loved ones."

Stone's daughter Ilana Feketisch, who was also his chief of staff, said he loved his job and serving people.

He is survived by two daughters and a son. Two of his other daughters have died.

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