33 cubic ft.
File contains addresses, proclamations, extradition papers, pardons, commutations, restorations of citizenship to felons, resignations and appointments, appropriation authorizations, legislative records of bills with Governor's action, and Attorney General opinions. Also included in file are Court of Claims affidavits and memoranda; briefs of judicial proceedings involving the state; and courtesy cards requests. Topics include the United Nations, New York World's Fair, Interstate Compact on Juveniles, toll highway bonds, Chanute Air Force Base, annexations, Illinois Racing Board, Illinois Harness Racing Commission, Reapportionment Commission, and elections. The file also contains the Governor's resignation to become a U.S. Court of Appeals judge. State government reports include studies on agency spending; revenue sources; communication costs analyses; office space; and management information flow. Brochures and pamphlets include Governor's Committee on Consumer Sales reports; Trustees for the State Employees' Retirement System Board minutes; and; booklets on credit laws, mental health, local government grants, and Illinois Commerce Commission. Correspondents primarily are government officials.
Record Series 101.035, Governor's Records, Otto Kerner Correspondence, Illinois State Archives.
Otto Kerner (1908-1975), Democratic Governor of Illinois (1961-1968), was born in Chicago on Sept. 15, 1908. Kerner attended Brown University, Trinity College, Cambridge University (Eng.) and graduated from Northwestern Law School (1934). After Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was assassinated, Kerner married his daughter Helena. While starting his law practice, Kerner joined the Illinois National Guard Black Horse Troop, being promoted to Captain before WWII duty with field artillery regiments in Africa and Sicily. Lt. Col. Kerner returned to Chicago, reorganized the 33rd Division, leaving the Guard a Major General. Back in civilian life, Kerner became U.S. Attorney for the Northern Illinois District; Cook County Judge (1954-1960); and Governor (1960 and 1964). President Johnson appointed Kerner chairman of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (1967) and to the Court of Appeals (1968). After being found guilty of race track stock trading conspiracy, income tax evasion and mail fraud (1974), Kerner entered the Federal Reformatory at Lexington, Ky., serving 20 months before he was released on emergency parole. He died in Chicago of lung cancer on May 9, 1975.
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