Christine Long, 87

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Christine Long (nee Przybyla), 87, died on March 10, 2019 in Chicago. A graduate of Alverno College, her passions included politics, the nuts and bolts of the democratic process, immigrant and civil rights issues, and Polish culture and politics. She worked for many political campaigns and causes and was known as an expert in ballot access and coordinating with ethnic coalitions. She reportedly helped 4,000 people become U.S. citizens and worked for the Polish congress during that country's transition from communism to democracy. She conducted political training for their first presidential election. Her activity in civic groups included the City Club of Chicago, Illinois Ethnic Coalition, National Polish American-Jewish American Council, Polish American Economic Forum, U.S. Poland Chamber of Commerce, and Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International. 

Christine Long is survived by her husband, Jerome; her children, Genia, Martin and Stephen; and her grandchildren, Max, Marina, Alec, Jacob (Jaffe) and Hannah. 

She donated her brain as part of a study of the Cognitive Neurological and Alzheimer's Disease Center, and her body went to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois. A commemorative event will be organized by her family. Donations may be made to Planned Parenthood, Feeding America, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Alverno College, her favorite causes.

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