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Rev. Jim Colleran, ‘worker-priest’ beloved by Pilsen parishioners, dead at 80

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Rev. Jim Colleran never backed down from a fight. Forty-two years ago, he blistered government immigration sweeps, saying they amounted to “hunting people down like dogs.” He organized pickets and boycotts of the CTA, the Postal Service, hospitals and businesses to help parishioners at St. Vitus — his heavily Latino parish in Pilsen — get jobs, justice and better service. At Christmastime in...

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