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Peg Breslin Papers (Ottawa)


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Speech Files



Breslin Lawsuit

Child Care

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Swift Judges Files

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Collection Overview

Title: Peg Breslin Papers (Ottawa), 1976-1992

ID: RHC/RC/292

Extent: 8.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is organized into eleven series: (I) Speech Files; (II) Press; (III) Campaign; (IV) Breslin Lawsuit, 1977; (V) Child Care, (VI) Legislative Records, 1976-1990; (VII) State Treasurer Campaign, 1990; (VIII) Swift Judges Files, 1992; (IX) Appellate Judge Campaign, 1992; (X) State Central Committee Files; and (XII) Media. Each series is arranged in chronological order, with the Media series containing material from various aspects of her career.

Date Acquired: 07/01/2008

Subjects: Breslin, Peg, Child care, Courts., Democratic Party, Elections--United States, Illinois. General Assembly, Judges, Legislators

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records of the Peg Breslin Papers include information from 1976 to 1992+.  The records include speech notes, legislation records, court documents, materials on child care, correspondence, campaign records, materials on the Democratic Party’s State Central Committee, Photographs, and videos.  The campaign records include Breslin’s run for State Treasurer in 1990 and her election to Appellate Judge in 1992.

Collection Historical Note

Peg Breslin was born in 1946 and raised on a farm near Ottawa. She earned her B.S. degree in political science from Loyola University of Chicago and a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in 1970. She served as legal counsel to the State Board of Education for several years and was in private practice doing civil litigation. She served in the Illinois General Assembly from 1977 to 1990, including four terms as a member of Democratic House Leadership, first as Majority Whip and later as Assistant Majority Leader. After an unsuccessful bid for her party’s nomination for State Treasurer, she retired from the House in 1990 to practice law in Ottawa. In 1992, she was elected to fill a vacancy on the Third District Appellate Court. Judge Breslin is the first woman elected to the Appellate Court outside Cook County in the history of the state. She and her husband, John, have two children.

Subject/Index Terms

Breslin, Peg
Child care
Democratic Party
Elections--United States
Illinois. General Assembly

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: Peg Breslin

Acquisition Method: Former IL-75 State Representative Peg Breslin, (D-Ottawa) and former 3rd District Appellate Court Judge, donated the records for the Peg Breslin Papers to the Regional History Center on July 1, 2008.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Speech Files],
[Series II.: Press],
[Series III: Campaign],
[Series IV: Breslin Lawsuit, 1977],
[Series V: Child Care],
[Series VI.: Legislative Records, 1976-1990],
[Series VII.: State Treasurer Campaign, 1990],
[Series VIII: Swift Judges Files, 1992],
[Series IX.: Appellate Judge Campaign, 1992],
[Series X.: State Central Committee Files],
[Series XI.: Media],

Series VIII: Swift Judges Files, 1992
Box 3
Folder 45: John Breslin, AMBI, 1977
Folder 46: Illinois Delegation, Democratic National Convention, 1988
Folder 47: County Chairpersons, Illinois Business Roundtable, 1988, 1990-1991
Folder 48: Marquette High School Class of 1964, 1991
Folder 49: LaSalle County Bar Association Members, no date
Folder 50: Press Releases, 1987-1988
Folder 51: Illinois County Officials, 1989-1990
Folder 52: Think Tank Members, Speech File, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1986-1988, 1990-1993
Box 4
Folder 1: Abortion, 1977, 1977, 1979, 1989
Folder 2: Abortion, 1988-1989
Folder 3: Abortion, 1990
Folder 4: Child Care, 1981-1982, 1985
Folder 5: State Employees Child Care and Legislation, Southern Illinois University (SIU) Training, 1984-1986
Folder 6: Child Care Legislation, 1985-1987
Folder 7: Child Care Legislation, 1989-1990
Folder 8: Child Care, 1990
Folder 9: Speech File, 1983, 1988-1990
Folder 10: Past Newsletters, 1980-1984, 1986-1990
Folder 11: Press Releases, 1990
Folder 12-14: Speech Files Women and Public Policy, 1991-1992
Folder 15: Labor Leader File, 1984, 1989-1991
Folder 16: Kent Slater Press Materials, 1989-1990
Folder 17: Campaign Stationary Peg Breslin, no date
Folder 18: Peg Breslin Letters and Press Materials, 1991
Folder 19: Letters to the Editor, 1992
Folder 20: Mailing Lists, 1991-1992
Folder 21: Mailing Data, 1992
Folder 22: Maps, Newspaper Clippings, Election Candidates, 1992
Folder 23: Mailings by Others, 1992
Folder 24: Mailing to Lawyers, 1991-1992
Folder 25: Newspaper Ads Appellate Judge, 1992
Folder 26: New Year's Letters, 1991-1992
Folder 27: Notepads, 1991-1992, 1994
Folder 28: Organizing Papers, 1991
Folder 29: Petitions for Appellate Court Judge Primary, 1991
Folder 30: Organizing Meetings, 1992
Folder 31: Sherry Pethers Writes About Candidate, 1992
Folder 32: Polling Data, 1991-1992
Folder 33: Pamphlet Drafts, 1992
Folder 34: Bumper Sticker and Pin, 1992
Folder 35: Peg Breslin Correspondence, 1991-1992
Folder 36: Bartelme Women's Judicial Fund, 1992
Folder 37: Peg Breslin Correspondence and Press Materials, 1992
Folder 38-39: Peg Breslin Campaign Materials, 1992
Folder 40: Campaign Media Advertising, 1991-1992

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Speech Files],
[Series II.: Press],
[Series III: Campaign],
[Series IV: Breslin Lawsuit, 1977],
[Series V: Child Care],
[Series VI.: Legislative Records, 1976-1990],
[Series VII.: State Treasurer Campaign, 1990],
[Series VIII: Swift Judges Files, 1992],
[Series IX.: Appellate Judge Campaign, 1992],
[Series X.: State Central Committee Files],
[Series XI.: Media],

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