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Campaigns and Party Affiliations

House and Senate Bills

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David C. Shapiro Papers (Amboy), 1966-1981 | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: David C. Shapiro Papers (Amboy), 1966-1981

ID: RHC/RC/174

Extent: 10.25 Linear Feet


The second series contains House and Senate Bills arranged by General Assembly. Within each General Assembly subseries, they are organized by number with House bills preceding Senate bills. Short subject headings describe each bill’s topic.

Subject Files are arranged alphabetically.

Date Acquired: 05/24/1984

Subjects: Amboy (Ill.), DeKalb (Ill.), Politics and government, Elections--United States, Equal rights amendments, Illinois. General Assembly, Law schools, Legislators, Northern Illinois University, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), Shapiro, David C.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The David C. Shapiro Papers primarily document his career as a state legislator in the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate.  Material in the collection dates from his first campaign in 1966 to his death in 1981.  Some biographical information and personal correspondence are in Box One, Folder One.  The collection is divided into six series: Campaigns and Party Affiliations, House and Senate Bills, Subject Files, Constituent Correspondence, Reports and Publications, Photos and Awards.

In the first series, Campaigns and Party Affiliations, there are two subseries.  The first subseries contains campaign material, including election results, advertising, disclosure reports and fundraising information.  Shapiro’s relationships with the Republican Party and other Republican politicians are documented in the second subseries.  Papers in this subseries include correspondence and memos with Illinois governors, other state legislators, some White House correspondence and national campaign material for John Connally and the Reagan-Bush ticket in 1980.  In addition, this subseries documents Shapiro’s work on the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee and as Senate Minority Leader for the 80th, 81st and 82nd General Assemblies.

The second series contains House and Senate Bills arranged by General Assembly.  Within each General Assembly subseries, they are organized by number with House bills preceding Senate bills.  Short subject headings describe each bill’s topic.

Subject Files are arranged alphabetically.  This material includes reports, memos, committee files and some correspondence.  Constituent Correspondence is organized into two subseries.  The first subseries contains correspondence arranged alphabetically by subject.  The second subseries has correspondence arranged by the letter’s county or city of origin.  Some topics in the Constituent Correspondence are related to certain Subject Files.  Researchers should consult both series.

The fifth series contains Reports and Publications.  These include public opinion surveys, reports from government departments, and studies done by universities.  In addition, Shapiro’s speeches, news releases and newsletters are in this series.  The last series, Photos and Awards, includes awards received by Shapiro and audiotapes of radio spots.  The number of photos in a folder is given in parentheses following the folder title.

Collection Historical Note

David C. Shapiro was born in Mendota, Illinois on February 16, 1925. He studied at Stanford University and the University of Illinois, receiving his degree in dentistry from the latter institution in 1952. Sometime later, Shapiro set up practice in Amboy, Illinois where he lived with his wife, Norma, and their seven children.

Shapiro’s political career began as an alderman on the Amboy City Council (1961-1969). During that time he was also a member of the school board, president of the Whiteside-Lee Dental Society and president of the Illinois Association of Boards of Health. In 1968, Shapiro ran for the office of State Representative from the 35th Legislative District and won. He served two terms (1969-1972) as a representative before being elected State Senator from the 37th Legislative District in 1972. Shapiro retained this senate seat for the remainder of his political career (1973-1981).

During his career, which spanned the 76th to the 82nd General Assemblies, Shapiro served on several committees. His duties included vice-chairmanship of both the House and Senate Education Committees. He chaired the Illinois Public Employees Pension Laws Commission which made him an ex-officio member of the State Board of Investment. In addition, Shapiro served on the School Problems Commission and the Revenue Committee. He, also, worked on several Republican Party committees. These included the Republican State Senate Dinner Organizing Committee, the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee and serving as Senate Minority Leader from 1977 to 1981.

As a legislator, Shapiro’s interests and efforts were concentrated on higher education issues and tax reforms. He actively supported legislation outlining state aid to schools, tax relief laws, motor fuel tax funding, highway improvements and currency exchange regulation. Shapiro co-sponsored the campaign disclosure law and played an instrumental part in transferring the Lewis College of Law to Northern Illinois University.

Shapiro’ s work over the years earned him several awards and honors. He was named Outstanding Freshman Representative of the 76th General Assembly and Outstanding Freshman Senator of the 78th General Assembly. Among others, Shapiro was honored by the Illinois State Dental Society, the Illinois Association of School Boards and Northern Illinois University. He was, also, listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in American Politics. Shapiro’s political career ended in 1981 when he died of cancer at his vacation home in Montana.

Subject/Index Terms

Amboy (Ill.)
DeKalb (Ill.), Politics and government
Elections--United States
Equal rights amendments
Illinois. General Assembly
Law schools
Northern Illinois University
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Shapiro, David C.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

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: Mrs. Norma Shapiro

Acquisition Method: The David C. Shapiro Papers were donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center by Mrs. Norma Shapiro on May 24, 1984.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Campaigns and Party Affiliations],
[Series II.: House and Senate Bills],
[Series III.: Subject Files],
[Series IV.: Constituent Correspondence],
[Series V.: Reports and Publications],
[Series VI.: Photos and Awards],

Series III.: Subject Files
Box 3
Folder 30: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, 1977
Folder 31: American Dental Association, 1974, 1977
Folder 32: Amtrak
Folder 33: Anti-Inflation Program, 1980
Folder 34: Blackhawk College, 1974
Folder 35: Board of Regents, 1978
Folder 36: Breslin Case, 1977-1979
Folder 37: Budget and Appropriations, 1973-1974, 1979
Folder 38: Bureau County Railroad Crossings, 1977-1978
Folder 39: Campus Disturbances Committee, 1970
Folder 40-41: Chicago School Crisis, 1980
Folder 42: Chrysler Corporation, 1980
Folder 43: Coalition for Political Honesty, 1975-1976
Box 4
Folder 1: Collective Bargaining Survey, 1977
Folder 2: Comptroller's Office, 1975, 1977
Folder 3: Congressional Matters, 1979-1980
Folder 4: Constitutional Convention-Education Committee, 1970
Folder 5: Covenant Children's Home, 1975
Folder 6: DeKalb School District, 1973-1975
Folder 7: Denturism, 1978
Folder 8: Dixon Hydroelectric Plant and Dam, 1975
Folder 9: Economic Interest Statements, 1968-1981
Folder 10: Emergency Medical Services, 1975-1976
Folder 11: Environmental Protection Agency, 1976, 1979
Folder 12-13: Equal Rights Amendment, 1972, 1979
Folder 14: Executive Branch Reorganization, 1977
Folder 15: Executive Order #1 and #2, 1977
Folder 16: Fire Protection, 1976, 1978
Folder 17: Fiscal Accountability Committee, November 1975-January 1976
Folder 18: General Assembly Retirement System Board, 1978, 1980
Folder 19: General Assembly Sessions, January 12, 1980
Folder 20: Health Care, 1973
Folder 21: Hennepin Canal Flood, October 1979-July 1980
Folder 22: Illinois Agriculture Association, 1972
Folder 23: Illinois Association of School Boards, 1972-1976
Folder 24-26: Illinois Board of Higher Education, 1975-1976
Folder 27: Illinois Community College Association, 1973-1975
Folder 28: Illinois Coroner's Association, 1973-1977
Folder 29: Illinois Education Association, 1973-1976
Folder 30: Illinois-Mississippi Canal and Sinnissippi Lake Commission, 1975
Folder 31: Illinois Racing Board, 1975
Folder 32: Illinois State Dental Society, 1977-1978
Folder 33: Illinois Dental Journal, 1972-1978
Folder 34: Illinois Valley Community College, 1974-1976
Folder 35: Income Tax, 1976
Folder 36: Item Veto Power, 1975
Folder 37: Kishwaukee College, 1971, 1979-1981
Folder 38: Lake DePue, 1974-1976, 1981
Folder 39: Legislative Salaries, 1976, 1978-1980
Box 5
Folder 1-3: Legislative Scholarships, 1969-1981
Folder 4: Lewis College of Law, 1978-1981
Folder 5: Lindquist Construction Company, 1976
Folder 6: Northern Illinois Gas Company, 1975
Folder 7-9: Northern Illinois University, 1974-1981
Folder 10: Park Districts, 1976-1977
Folder 11-14: Pension Laws Commission, 1979-1975
Folder 15: Plane Manifests, March 1973
Folder 16: Rate Review, 1978
Folder 17: Reagan House Committee, 1981
Folder 18: Reapportionment, 1981
Folder 19-20: Regional Transportation Authority, 1981
Folder 21: Resolutions: Dixon Petunia Festival, 1969
Folder 22: Resolutions: Buda-Western Basketball Team, 1975
Folder 23: Resolutions: Biennial Budget Amendment, 1976
Folder 24: Resolutions: Route 51, 1977
Folder 25: Resolutions: Mirage Tavern Investigation, 1978
Folder 26: Resolutions: Daily Chronicle Centennial, 1979
Folder 27: Resolutions: Sterling Girl's Basketball Team, 1979
Folder 28: Resolutions: Tax Relief Amendment, 1979
Folder 29: Road Repair Program, 1978
Folder 30: Denny Rogers - Crime Illustrator, January-February 1979
Folder 31: Route 34, 1976
Folder 32-36: School Funding, 1972-1975
Box 6
Folder 1: School Problems Commission, 1975-1976
Folder 2: Senate Education Committee, 1973, 1975
Folder 3-9: State Board of Investment, 1973-1975
Folder 10: Sterling State Police Headquarters, 1975-19766
Folder 11: Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1973, 1975
Folder 12: Tax Freeze, 1972
Folder 13-15: Tax Limitation, August-September 1978
Folder 16: Tax Relief Program, 1974, 1978-1980
Folder 17: Tollway Bond, 1970
Folder 18: Toyota-Dixon Factory, 1980
Folder 19: Transportation and Highways, 1974, 1979
Folder 20-26: Tri-County Opportunities Council: Programs and Projects, 1975-1980
Folder 27-28: Tri-County Opportunities Council: Program Progress Review Report, 1977-1979
Folder 29-32: Tri-County Opportunities Council: Work Plan Summary, 1977-1981
Box 7
Folder 1: Worker's Compensation, 1975-1976

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Campaigns and Party Affiliations],
[Series II.: House and Senate Bills],
[Series III.: Subject Files],
[Series IV.: Constituent Correspondence],
[Series V.: Reports and Publications],
[Series VI.: Photos and Awards],

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