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Balancing Act: 'It wasn't just saving one life, it was saving five': State lawmaker donates kidney to her ex-husband

Deb and Tim Conroy knew for 25 years that Tim would need a new kidney.

In June, she gave him one of hers.

"I feel great," Deb Conroy told me last week, seven weeks post-surgery.

We were seated in folding chairs in her Villa Park office, where she's worked as a state representative for the 46th District since winning election in 2012.

"Getting a kidney means getting your whole life back," Tim Conroy said, recovering at his home in Elmhurst.

Close to three decades ago, Tim Conroy was diagnosed with

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