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Joseph B. Ebbesen Papers (DeKalb)


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79th General Assembly, 1975-1976

80th General Assembly, 1977-1978

81st General Assembly, 1979-1980

82nd General Assembly, 1981-1982


Addendum 1

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Joseph B. Ebbesen Papers (DeKalb), 1975-1984 | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: Joseph B. Ebbesen Papers (DeKalb), 1975-1984

ID: RHC/RC/168

Extent: 10.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The materials are divided five series: the 79th G.A. (1975-1976); the 80th G.A. (1977-1978); the 81st G.A. (1979-1980); the 82nd G.A. (1981-1982); and a miscellaneous collection of papers (1975-1982). The bills are organized by number;.

Date Acquired: 03/13/1981. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: DeKalb (Ill.), Politics and government, Ebbesen, Joseph B., Illinois. General Assembly, Legislators, Medical care, Northern Illinois University, Optometry, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), Shabbona Lake

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ebbesen Papers span the years 1975 to 1984 and primarily document his role as a legislator in the Illinois General Assembly.  The materials are divided five series: the 79th G.A. (1975-1976); the 80th G.A. (1977-1978); the 81st G.A. (1979-1980); the 82nd G.A. (1981-1982); and a miscellaneous collection of papers (1975-1982).  Within each series are subseries containing house and senate bills, subject files, constituent correspondence, publications, and press releases.  The bills are organized by number; a short subject heading describes, in general, bill topics.  Subject files document such topics as firemen and policemen pensions, optometric policies, education, and the equal rights amendment.  Although there are separate files of constituent correspondence, some correspondence can be found in the bills and subject files as well.  Publications and press releases include newspaper clippings that highlight portions of Ebbesen's career, reports on vocational education, school decentralization, criminal sentencing, and some legislative reports.

Collection Historical Note

Joseph B. Ebbesen was born in DeKalb, Illinois on January 12, 1925. Ebbesen completed his undergraduate education at Northern Illinois University and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1951. During World War II, Ebbesen served three years in the United States Marine Corps. He is also a member of numerous business, professional, social, and fraternal organizations including: Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry, American and Illinois Optometric Association, and the Northern Illinois Optometric Society.

Ebbesen's interest and participation in community and political affairs began in the 1950's and has spanned thirty years. He has served six years on local Boards of Education; was a DeKalb City Councilman from 1961-1965; and served as Mayor of DeKalb, 1965-1969. Ebbesen was also Vice-President of the Illinois Municipal League and President of the Northern Illinois Mayors Association. He was first elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1972 and served six consecutive terms in the Illinois House of Representative. Included among Ebbesen's major legislative interests are: pension reform, higher education, fiscal responsibility and public health issues. In 1977, the Illinois Political Action Committee and the Illinois Conservative Union gave Ebbesen their highest rating for a state legislator. Among Ebbesen's major accomplishments was the sponsorship of a bill, passed in 1978, to allow the use of marijuana in the treatment of glaucoma and to alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy.

Subject/Index Terms

DeKalb (Ill.), Politics and government
Ebbesen, Joseph B.
Illinois. General Assembly
Medical care
Northern Illinois University
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Shabbona Lake

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: An addendum was added at a later date.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Joseph B. Ebbesen

Acquisition Method: Joseph B. Ebbesen, DeKalb, donated his legislative papers to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on March 13, 1981. <

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: 79th General Assembly, 1975-1976],
[Series II.: 80th General Assembly, 1977-1978],
[Series III.: 81st General Assembly, 1979-1980],
[Series IV.: 82nd General Assembly, 1981-1982],
[Series V.: Miscellaneous],
[Addendum 1],

Series II.: 80th General Assembly, 1977-1978
Sub-Series A.: House and Senate Bills
Box 1
Folder 43: HB 6 - Retirement Pension (State Employees)
Folder 44: HB 27 - Bail Bond Payments
Folder 45: HB 55, 3216 - Northern Illinois University Governance
Folder 46: HB 147 - Legislative Salaries
Folder 47-49: HB 196, 292 and SB 151 - Firemen and Policemen Pensions, Illinois Municipal League
Folder 50: HB 730 - Bottle Bill
Folder 51: HB 775 - CPA Licensing
Folder 52: HB 988 - University Police Retirement
Folder 53: HB 1073 - General Assembly Scholarships
Folder 54: HB 1144 - Teachers' Pensions
Folder 55: HB 1169 - Route 7 Access Rights
Folder 56: HB 2554 - Election Consolidation
Folder 57: HB 2621, 2622, 2623 - Governmental Ethics
Folder 58: HB 2624 - Jail and Sheriff Residences
Folder 59: HB 2625 - Marijuana for Glaucoma
Folder 60: HB 2626 - Ophthalmic Advertising
Folder 61: HB 2875 - Fair Employment Practices
Folder 62: HB 2881, 3058 - Public Utilities
Folder 63: HB 3177 - Unemployment Insurance
Folder 64: House Joint Resolution, CA 5 - Compensation
Folder 65: House Joint Resolution, CA 39 - Legislative Salaries
Folder 66: SB 24 - Securities Act
Folder 67: SB 521 - Vehicle code - School and Religious Buses
Folder 68: SB 1083 - Social Security Enabling Act Amendments
Folder 69: SB 1359 - Hearing Aid
Folder 70: SB 1383 - Working Cash Fund
Folder 71: SB 1523, 1555 - State Scholarship Commission
Sub-Series B.: Constituent Correspondence
Box 1
Folder 72: Constituent Correspondence, Spring Session, 1977
Folder 73: Constituent Correspondence, Summer, 1977
Box 2
Folder 1-6: Miscellaneous Constituent Correspondence, A-Z
Folder 7-10: Constituency Problems
Folder 11: Bureau County Correspondence
Folder 12: DeKalb County Correspondence
Folder 13: DeKalb County; Intersection Improvement Report, 1977
Folder 14: DeKalb County; Municipal Airport Plan, 1977
Folder 15: Henry County Correspondence
Folder 16: Lee County Correspondence
Folder 17: Whiteside County Correspondence
Sub-Series C.: Subject Files
Box 2
Folder 18: Coggins Test and Equine Infectious Anemia
Folder 19: Congratulations Correspondence
Folder 20: Congressman Tom Corcoran
Folder 21: Congressman Sidney Yates
Folder 22: Conservation, Department of
Folder 23: Crime, Class X Felonies
Folder 24: Death Penalty
Folder 25: Delphi Study--Education
Folder 26: Dental Society (Illinois State)
Folder 27: Education Legislation
Folder 28: Elections, Primary
Folder 29: Environmental Protection Agency
Folder 30: Health Care
Folder 31: Higher Education (Illinois Board)
Folder 32: Higher Education--Master Plan Phase
Box 3
Folder 1: Homeowner's Insurance
Folder 2: Hospitals--Rate Reviews
Folder 3: Illinois State Scholarship Commission
Folder 4: Illinois Route 2
Folder 5: Insurance
Folder 6: Interum Study--Miscellaneous
Folder 7: Laetrile
Folder 8: Legislative Audit Commission
Folder 9: Legislative Information from Representatives and Senators
Folder 10: Legislative Information System
Folder 11: Legislative Reference Bureau
Folder 12: Legislative Reports
Folder 13: Mental Health
Folder 14: Merit Selection
Folder 15: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Folder 16: Northern Illinois University (NIU)
Folder 17: Northern Illinois University, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Folder 18: Northern Illinois University, Audit
Folder 19: Northern Illinois University, Educational Television
Folder 20: Nuclear Waster Dumping, Sheffield Nuclear Site
Folder 21: Patronage Correspondence
Folder 22: Pay Raises
Folder 23: Port Authority
Folder 24: Product Liability
Folder 25: Property Tax
Folder 26: Public Aid, Problems with
Folder 27: Public Aid Recipients (Out of State)
Folder 28: Railroads
Folder 29: Ratings Index
Folder 30: Recommendations
Folder 31: Retirement System (General Assembly)
Folder 32: Sangamon State University Housing
Folder 33: School Bus Project
Folder 34: School Funding
Folder 35: Shabbona Lake State Park
Folder 36: Secretary of State, Alan Dixon
Folder 37: Senator Charles Percy
Folder 38: Social Invitations
Folder 39: Social Invitations
Folder 40: Sycamore--Road Projects
Folder 41: Sycamore-Route 64
Folder 42: Task Force on the Future of Illinois
Folder 43: Transportation, Department of IDOT Projects
Folder 44: Unemployment Compensation
Folder 45: Unemployment Insurance
Folder 46: Voting Records
Folder 47: Workmen's Compensation
Folder 48: Wellner, Millwood (Constituent)
Folder 49: Yokum, Donald (Constituent)
Sub-Series D.: Publications and Reports
Box 3
Folder 50: News Releases
Box 4
Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings
Folder 2: Vocational Education in Urban Areas, School Decentralization
Folder 3: Fall Session Report
Folder 4: Criminal Sentencing Commission, Annual Report
Folder 5: 1977 Legislative Issues--House Republican Committee Staff Report

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: 79th General Assembly, 1975-1976],
[Series II.: 80th General Assembly, 1977-1978],
[Series III.: 81st General Assembly, 1979-1980],
[Series IV.: 82nd General Assembly, 1981-1982],
[Series V.: Miscellaneous],
[Addendum 1],

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