Hall of Fame

Art_Hellyer

  • First known Democrat to be elected county-wide in DuPage County
  • Served as DuPage County Treasurer from 1934-38.

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Elaine Libovicz

  • Served on the DuPage County Board from 1974-1978
  • Served as Executive Director of the DuPage County Housing Authority from 1983-1993
  • Served as the Elmhurst City Treasurer 2013-present
  • Elmhurst League of Women Voters President 1971-1973

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Joseph Samuel Perry

  • Served in the Illinois State Senate from 1937-1943
  • Served as a Public Administrator in DuPage County from 1949-1951
  • Served as a Federal Judge from 1951-1984
  • Mastodon skeleton discovered in his Glen Ellyn back yard is on display at Wheaton College’s Meyer Science Center.

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William A. Redmond

  • Served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1959-1982
  • Served as Speaker of the House from 1975-1981
  • Instrumental in the creation of the Regional Transit Authority and the DuPage Election Commission

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J. Glenn Schneider

  • State Representative, 1976-1982
  • Naperville City Councilman, 1985-1995
  • Delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1980

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Daniel T. Smyth

  • In 1983 the AFL-CIO’s newspaper, the DuPage County Labor Record, published an article “Dan Smyth, Veteran Doorbell Ringer Tells Secrets of Effective Grassroots.”
  • Unity of our organization was a strong priority. When rivalry in York Township Democratic Organization threatened to tear it apart, he succeeded in obtaining trust from the rival factions and became Chair of YTDO. He served as Chair for 30 years. Eventually Dan Smyth had at least 80% and sometimes 100% of the 128 York precincts filled by committeemen.
  • As a newspaper reporter for the Sun Times and other publications, he helped organize the the local chapter of the Newspaper Guild.
  • In 1958, he was press and public relations man for the Patriarch of DuPage Democrats – Illinois former House Speaker, Democrat WilliamA Redmond- in Remond’s first successful bid for office. He was a major factor in Redmond’s election to the legislature the first time.
  • “In 1960 he (Smyth) was publicity director of the Otto Kerner campaign for Governor and later wrote Kerner’s inaugural address.
  • Dan also played a major part in the election campaigns of Michael Howlett, Samuel Shapiro (Il House 1947) and Francis Lorenz (IL State Treasurer 1961-1963) in addition to numerous candidates for alderman and judge. At the time of his death, Dan was writing press releases and positions papers for the campaign of William Andre for Congress in the 6th District against ultra conservative Henry Hyde.”

 

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Jane Spirgel

  • Served on the DuPage County Board from 1974-1986
  • 3rd Party Candidate for Secretary of State in 1986

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Joseph Tumpach

  • Served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1965-1968
  • Chair of DuPage Democratic Party from 1958-1965

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