E.J. "Zeke" Giorgi Papers (Rockford), 1965-1981
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Brief Description:

The Giorgi Papers are organized into three series: (1) constituent correspondence (1967-1981), (2) topical files (1965-1979), and (3) topical newsclipping files (1969-1975).  The topical files contain information Giorgi gathered from various sources and comprise the largest series.  Major subjects covered include the Board of Higher Education, energy, environmental protection, equal rights amendment, Governor Walker’s news releases, health care, law enforcement, the lottery, the mental health department, schools, unemployment and workmen’s compensation, and welfare.  Some of these subjects, among many others, are also documented in the alphabetically arranged newsclipping topical files.

For the most part, the constituent correspondence is organized chronologically.  However, some of the folders are labeled by subjects—house bill numbers and E.R.A., for example.  Researchers wishing to make use of the correspondence for particular subjects will need to know the approximate date when the topic became a governmental concern.

The collection contains very little material for Giorgi’s first few years as a state representative and nothing from his term as an alderman in Rockford.  Nevertheless, the material documents a wide variety of subjects useful for background information on legislation.  Of particular note are the legislative synopses (1965-1975, Box 5, ff 3-6) which indicate the current and past measures taken on all bills presented to the House of Representatives.  The collection also contains information on Winnebago County and the City of Rockford.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/136
Volume: 12.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 11/02/1981.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Democratic Party
Giorgi, Zeke
Illinois. General Assembly
Legislators
Lotteries
Rockford (Ill.)
United States--Politics and government
Winnebago County (Ill)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: E.J. “Zeke” Giorgi  E.J. “Zeke” Giorgi donated his political papers to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on November 2, 1981.
Related Materials: Researchers interested in northern Illinois politics may wish to consult the other politicians’ papers held by the Center.  The local government records collected in the region also may provide information on politics, although in a localized area rather than state-wide.