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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 IX.: Appellate Judge Campaign, 1992
Box 4
Folder 41: Billboards, 1992
Folder 42: Contributor List by Zip Code, 1992
Folder 43: Correspondence, Fred Allen, 1992
Box 5
Folder 1: Poll Results and Research of the Third Judicial District, 1990
Folder 2: Volunteers (Future), 1989, 1991
Folder 3: Fundraising for Appellate Judge, 1991-1992
Folder 4: Campaign Contributors, 1987-1991
Folder 5: Herman Hasse Information; Will County Politics Information, 1991-1992; 1987
Folder 6: James Heiple's Letter and Bar Poll, 1986, 1992
Folder 7: Kankakee County Information, 1992
Folder 8: Labor Contact Information, 1992
Folder 9: Campaign Materials Samples, 1991
Folder 10: Radio Ads, 1992
Folder 11: TV and Radio Ads, 1992
Folder 12: Press Release Materials, 1991-1992
Folder 13: Peg Breslin Personal Bio, 1991
Folder 14: Primary Certificate, 1992
Folder 15: Business Planner and Appointment Book, 1991-1992
Folder 16: Zip Codes and Village Presidents, no date
Folder 17: Media Contact Information, 1991-1992
Folder 18: Campaign Correspondence, 1991-1992
Folder 19: Campaign Press, 1990-1992
Folder 20: Breslin Family and Friends in Cook County, 1992
Folder 21: State Central Presidential Candidates, 1991-1992
Folder 22: Yard Signs, 1991-1992
Folder 23: Women Judges, 1991-1992
Folder 24: Will County, 1992
Folder 25: Paul Williams Letter, 1992
Folder 26: Education and Advocacy Committees; Correspondence; Rules of the Democratic Party, 1984-1986
Folder 27: Specimen Ballot, November 3, 1992
Folder 28: Questions for Judicial Candidate, 1992
Folder 29: County Coordinators, 1992
Folder 30: Sample Research for Campaign, 1990-1992
Folder 31: Illinois State Board of Elections Unofficial Candidate List, 1992
Folder 32: Election Results, 1992
Folder 33: Illinois Municipal League Democrat Mayors; Ward Committeemen, 1985-1989
Folder 34: Democratic Convention in Atlanta $100+  Pledges; Illinois Women in Government, 1986-1990
Folder 35: Christmas Democratic Elected Officials, Federal, Chicago Area, 86th General Assembly, 1988
Folder 36: Illinois Delegation, Democratic National Convention, Committees, 1988
Folder 37: Township Committeemen, 1988, 1990
Folder 38: Lobbyist List, 1989
Folder 39: Ottawa Retail Liquor Association; Illinois Public Action Board, 1990
Folder 40: Democratic State Central Committee Chairs, 1986, 1990
Folder 41: Artwork for Campaign Brochures; Gene Holmberg's File, 1989-1990

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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