Harold Washington Archives & Collections. Illinois State Senate Records

Institution: Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-747-4300
Date: 1976-1980
Extent: 9.25 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Harold Washington served as Illinois State Senator from the 26th District of Illinois from 1976 to 1980. During Harold Washington’s tenure as senator, he was an active participant on several committees. He served as vice-chairman of the Senate Judiciary II Committee, and chairman of the Legislative Reference Bureau and the Senate Public Health, Welfare, and Corrections Committee. He was also a member of the Senate Rules Committee, the Joint House and State Committee on Long-Term State Debt, the Joint House and Senate Committee to Study the Public Air Code (HB 3449), and the Legislative Advisory Committee on Public Aid. Washington is also recognized as a founding member of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. Senate Bills that Senator Washington sponsored include an appropriation to save Provident Hospital in Chicago, Currency Exchange Reforms, Small Business “set aside” Acts, Branch Banking Legislation, and acts establishing the Fair Employment Practices Commission and the Civil Rights Study Commission.

Scope and Content Note:
This collection reflects Washington's legislative activities, service on committees, and responses to concerns of constituents. There are small amounts of material on his unsuccessful Chicago Mayoral Primary campaign of 1977, the successful Illinois State Senatorial campaign in 1978, and the successful United States Congressional campaign in 1980. The strengths of the collection are the subjects of the Fair Employment Practices Commission (1976-1980), the activities of the Legislative Black Caucus (1978-1980), and constituent correspondence and reports.

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