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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 V.: Miscellaneous
Sub-Series A.: House and Senate Bills
Box 10
Folder 1: HB 26 - Pensions
Folder 2: HB 2626 - Truth in Advertising
Folder 3: House Bills Introduced in the First Special Session
Sub-Series B.: Subject Files
Box 10
Folder 4: Attorney General Scott, WMJ
Folder 5: Campaign Work for Primary Election
Folder 6: CPR Legislation
Folder 7: DeKalb County Bond Authority
Folder 8: Department of Personnel
Folder 9: DeWitte, Dorothy, Legislative Services
Folder 10: DPA
Folder 11: Ebbesen's Vouchers
Folder 12: Ebbesen for Representative Committee
Folder 13: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
Folder 14: Ethics and Economics Interest
Folder 15: Ethics Legislation
Folder 16: Farm Development Authority (Illinois)
Folder 17: Governor's Tax File
Folder 18: Higher Education
Folder 19: House Resolutions Happy Birthday Representatives
Folder 20: Illinois Valley Community College
Folder 21: Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association
Folder 22: Kishwaukee College Nursing Program
Folder 23: Legislative Expenditures - Home Office
Folder 24: Legislative Income - Personal
Folder 25: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Folder 26: Miscellaneous
Folder 27: Non-Profit Community Agency Liability
Folder 28: Optometric - Public Aid
Folder 29: Ophthalmic Materials Act
Folder 30: Pensions
Folder 31: Pension Articles
Folder 32: Pensions Moratorium
Folder 33: Personal
Folder 34: Petitions for Primary Elections
Folder 35: Photos (10)
Folder 36: Physicians, Limited Licensed
Folder 37: Primary Campaign
Folder 38: Primary Returns
Folder 39: Public Aid
Folder 40: Repeal of State Mandated Salaries
Folder 41: Rental Vehicle Tags
Folder 42: Republican National Convention, Nomination and Selection of Candidates
Folder 43: Right to Die
Folder 44: Shopping Mall in DeKalb
Folder 45: Small Town Conflict of Interest
Folder 46: Speech Representatives
Folder 47: State Board of Higher Education
Folder 48: Student Tax Credit
Sub-Series C.: News Releases
Box 10
Folder 49: Press Releases
Folder 50: Press Clippings

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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