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Peg Breslin Papers (Ottawa), 1976-1992

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

Languages: English [eng]

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.

Administrative Information

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

Series I.: Speech Files
Box 1
Folder 1-4: Speech Files, 1976-1990
Folder 5: Primary Results for Treasurer, 1986
Folder 6: Illinois Constitution, 1969, 1979, 1980
Folder 7: Memorial Day Speech; Speech; Speech Drafts and Notes, 1977; July 1989; no date
Folder 8: Marquette High School Graduate Speech; Speech Drafts and Notes, 1976, 1986
Folder 9: Starved Rock Speech- Constitution; Think Magazine, September 1987
Folder 10: U.S. Constitution; Speech; Speech Drafts and Notes, presented at Cook County Central Committee, November 15, 1989; no date
Series II.: Press
Box 1
Folder 11-13: Media Articles, 1975-1984
Folder 14-18: Media Articles, no date
Folder 19: Media Articles, 1989
Series III: Campaign
Box 1
Folder 20-23: Campaign Planning Handbook, 1987
Folder 24: Legislative Maps, no date
Folder 25-28: County Maps A-W, no date
Folder 29: Simon/Stevenson Committee for Peg Breslin, 1989-1990
Series IV: Breslin Lawsuit, 1977
Box 1
Folder 30: Warren v. Breslin Correspondence, 1977
Folder 31-32: Warren v. Breslin Materials and Reports, 1977
Folder 33: Warren v. Breslin Court Documents, 1977
Folder 34-36: Warren v. Breslin Discovery Depositions, 1977
Folder 37: Bluthardt v. Breslin, 1977
Folder 38: Warren v. Breslin, Reports, 1977
Folder 39: Breslin v. Warren, Appellate Court, 1977
Folder 40: Breslin v. Warren, Supreme Court and 7th Judicial Court Documents, 1977
Box 2
Folder 1: Warren v. Breslin Committee on Elections, 1977
Folder 2: Research Materials on Residence, 1971, 1976-1977
Folder 3: Thomas v. Harris; Bluthardt v. Breslin, 1977
Folder 4: General Assembly Transcript; House Journal; Warren v. Breslin Final Report, June 30, 1977; June 6, 1977; 1977
Folder 5: Warren Depositions, Riccolo, 1977
Folder 6: Research Materials, Bluthardt v. Breslin, 1976-1977
Folder 7: Bluthardt v. Breslin, 1977
Folder 8: Warren v. Breslin Resolution, Transcripts, Speeches, and Letters, 1977-1978
Series V: Child Care
Box 2
Folder 9: Government Task Force on Day Care, 1987-1988
Folder 10: Day Care Correspondence; Investing in Quality Child Care AT&T; Governor's Task Force on Day Care, 1987-1988; 1986; 1987
Folder 11: Look Japan Magazine; Chicago Athletic Association Correspondence, 1987; 1990
Folder 12: Correspondence; Compensation Plans, 1990; 1986
Folder 13: Notary Public, Land Issue Materials- Illinois Democratic Party Platform, 1980-1990
Folder 14: Illinois Public/Private Child Care Council, 1989
Folder 15: Child Care Facility, House Resolution 597; Child Care Training, 1984; 1985
Folder 16: Child Day Care Resources in Illinois, 1987
Folder 17: Child Day Care Article; Christmas Cards, 1987; 1985-1988
Folder 18: Christmas Cards and Correspondence, 1988-1990
Series VI.: Legislative Records, 1976-1990
Box 2
Folder 19: Final Legislative Synopsis, 1978
Folder 20: Legislative Synopsis, 1980, 1982
Folder 21-22: Major Roll Calls in 1981 and 1982
Folder 23-25: Roll Calls, 1984
Folder 26-28: Roll Calls Spring 1985 Session
Folder 29-31: 1985 General Assembly Roll Calls
Folder 32: Legislation Checklist; Illinois State Bar Association, 1982; 1985
Folder 33: Final Legislative Synopsis, 1984, 1986
Folder 34: How To Guide on Campaigns, 1986
Folder 35: Legislation Checklist; Illinois State Bar Association, 1987; 1988
Box 3
Folder 1: Correspondence; News Article; Name Plates, 1977-1978; 1984; no date
Folder 2: State Treasurer, Ideas and Photographs, no date
Folder 3: State Treasurer Candidate Patrick Quinn, 1984-1986
Folder 4: Illinois House Democratic Majority Campaign Guide, 1986
Folder 5: Precinct Canvass Guide, no date
Folder 6: Campaign Guide, 1986
Folder 7: Treasurer's Office, 1985, 1987-1988
Folder 8: Treasurer's Process, 1986, 1989
Folder 9: News and Marketing Materials, 1987-1989
Folder 10: Susan Anderson, S.E.A. Communications, 1989
Folder 11: Susan's [Anderson?] Campaign Plan, no date
Folder 12: Petition Circulators, 1989
Folder 13: Treasurer's Campaign Materials, 1989
Folder 14: Awards Received by Breslin, 1989
Folder 15: Fairbanks, Bregman, and Maulin State Treasurer Study, 1989
Folder 16: 85th General Assembly; Synopsis of Legislation Sponsored by Breslin, 1989
Folder 17: Peg's Record Research; Status of Legislation by Sponsor, January 8, 1990
Folder 18: Campaign Strategy Tactics by Breslin and Quinn, 1987, 1989-1990
Series VII.: State Treasurer Campaign, 1990
Box 3
Folder 19: Resume, 1985, 1989
Folder 20: Resume and Net Worth, 1990
Folder 21: Surveys, 1989-1990
Folder 22: Housing and Linked Deposit Program, 1990
Folder 23: Contracts, 1990
Folder 24: Notepad About Breslin's Legislative History, no date
Folder 25: Editorials, 1990
Folder 26: Abortion, 1988-1990
Folder 27: Stationary and Sticker, no date
Folder 28: Candidate Rep. Thomas J. Homer Materials, 1987-1989
Folder 29: Pension Materials, 1990
Folder 30: Press Releases, 1989-1990
Folder 31: Legislative History, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985-1986, 1989-1990
Folder 32: Contact Lists, 1989-1991
Folder 33: Resumes of Staff and Marketing Companies, 1988-1989
Folder 34: Netsch, Breslin, LaPaille Mailings, 1990
Folder 35: Residency Issue, 1990
Folder 36: Speeches, 1990
Folder 37: Stationary, no date
Folder 38: Peg Breslin Schedules, 1990
Folder 39: Treasurer Campaign Materials, 1990
Folder 40: Election Results and Endorsements, 1989-1990
Folder 41: Finances and Fundraising, 1989-1990
Folder 42: Breslin Campaign Brochure, 1990
Folder 43: Insurance Forms, 1990
Folder 44: Campaign Analysis, 1990
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
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
Series X.: State Central Committee Files
Box 5
Folder 42: Illinois Democratic Women; Mayors and Officials, LaSalle County, 1992-1993; 1991
Folder 43: Democratic County Chairs, 1991-1992
Folder 44: Democratic Convention Delegates, 1992
Series XI.: Media
Box 6
Folder 1: Campaign Stickers, no date
Folder 2: Handbook of Illinois Legislature, 1987
Folder 3: Negative strips: portraits and events (84), no date
Folder 4: Press related items: photographs and correspondence (26 photos, 5 slides), no date, 1989
Folder 5: Photographs: B. Dugan, schools, congressional house, N. Hartigan, portraits (33 photos, 26 negative strips, 1 negative), no date
Folder 6: Photographs: R. Brown, M Madigan, N. Hartigan, P. Wlsh, social events, congressional house (74 photos, 1 negative), no date
Folder 7: Photographs: N. Hartigan, P. Welsh, R. Mautino, construction site, congressional house, events (45 photos, 2 negatives), no date
Folder 8: Social Events: Illinois Environmental Council; Dinner event (27 photos, 2 negatives), 1981-1982, no date
Folder 9: Campaign Materials: photographs (4 photos), 1984, 1989, no date
Folder 10: Campaign Materials: photographs (17 photos, 9 negatives), no date
Box 7
Folder 1: Photographs: social events, congressional house; B. Woods, N. Hartigan, M. Madigan, A. Dixon, P. Simon, G. Mitchell Democrats; personal photos (115 photos, 1 negative), no date
Folder 2: Photographs: congressional house; G. Holmberg; social events Meeting constituents (74 photos, 5 slides, 15 negative strips, 1 negative), no date, 1987-1988
Folder 3: Photographs: Events, bridge dedication, various photographs (64 photos, 4 negatives, 9 negative strips), no date, 1988
Box 8
Folder 1: Election Certificates, 1976-1990
Folder 2: Picnic Posters- rough drafts (2), no date
Box 9
Folder 1 VID: City Talk, Joe Hogan Interviews Mayor Donald Baker, Steve Stout on the Westclox Factory in Peru, October 1988
Folder 2: City Talk, Joe Reagan Interviews Peg Breslin, March, 31, 1989
Folder 3: City Talk, Interviews with Gerald Studzinski; Jim Dornbush; Mayor Gerald Scott, Mayor; Bev Sons; Gary Carey; and Steve Stout on Oglesby, February 1989
Folder 4: City Talk Jay Burt interview with Spring Valley Business Association, Fund-raising Event for MS, History of Spring Valley with Steve Stout, June 1989
Folder 5: Breslin for Treasurer Press Conference in Sangemon  County, no date
Folder 6: Breslin on the House Floor, Discussion on Senate Bill 141 on Superfund Clean UpCONT CONT  CONT
Folder 7: Breslin on House Floor [no audio], no date
Folder 8: Breslin Speaking on Her Accomplishments for the GTE PAC, no date
Folder 9: Channel 10 NBC Quincy News Program, Interviews with Judge Candidates, June 1992
Cassette Tape 1: To Peg Breslin from Paul Simon on His Presidential Campaign; Elvis Presley "Blue Suede Shoes", 1987
Cassette Tape 2: Breslin Letter Dictation and Instructions to Staff, May 18, 1987
Cassette Tape 3: John Cullerton’s 39th Birthday, Live at Second City, October 1987
Cassette Tape 4: Paul Kinney Political Demo Reel, Samples of Radio Spots, 1989
Cassette Tape 5a-5b: Campaign and Elections, 6th Annual Three-Day Workshop on Winning Your Next Campaign, no date
Cassette Tape 6: John Cullerton’s 41st Birthday, Live at Second City, November 5, 1989
Cassette Tape 7: WGCI’s Cliff Kelley Interviews Peg Breslin for Treasurer, [Side B Beginning Section Blank], January 31, 1990
Box 10
Cassette Tape 8: Interview with Treasurer Candidates Pat Quinn and Peg Breslin, with Caller Questions on WBEZ Radio Program, January 31, 1990
Cassette Tape 9: Radio News WBBM AM, Smear Ad by Quinn by Taxpayers for Quinn, March 6, 1990
Cassette Tape 10: Breslin for Treasurer, First Tuesday, Incorporated, 60 Second Radio Spot, "Communities", 1990
Cassette Tape 11: Radio Listener Call in Interview, 1990
Cassette Tape 12: Breslin for Treasurer, First Tuesday, Incorporated, 60 Second Radio Spot, "Ethics", 1990
Cassette Tape 13: Breslin for Treasurer, First Tuesday, Incorporated, 60 Second Radio Spot, "Remember", 1990
Cassette Tape 14: Breslin for Treasurer, First Tuesday, Incorporated, 60 Second Radio Spot, "Trust", 1990
Cassette Tape 15: Breslin for Treasurer, First Tuesday, Incorporated, 60 Second Radio Spot, "Manage", 1990
Cassette Tape 16: Breslin for Treasurer, First Tuesday, Incorporated, 60 Second Radio Spot, Dick Durbin, "Endorsement", 1990
Cassette Tape 17: Jack O'Malley for State's Attorney, 60 Second Radio Spot, "Common Sense", October 7, 1990
Cassette Tape 18: Emphasis Radio Program, Macomb, Interview with Judge Candidate Peg Breslin, May 1992
Cassette Tape 19: Geof Benson Music, Supreme Court Candidate Michael J. Howlett Radio Spot, 1992
Cassette Tape 20: Breslin Letter Dictation and Instructions to Staff, no date
Cassette Tape 21: Johnson and Associates, Sample Reel, September 1991
Cassette Tape 22: Breslin Letter Dictation About Court Cases, Friday July 23, 1993; Long Pause Then CAWP Forum for Women State  Legislators Campaign Fundraising for Women, July 23, 1993; no date
Cassette Tape 23: Breslin Memo Dictation About Court Cases; Letter Dictation About Court Cases, Thursday, March 10, 1994
Cassette Tape 24: Breslin Letter Dictation, March 15, 1994
Cassette Tape 25-26: Breslin Letter Dictation and Instructions to Staff (Judy), 1994
Cassette Tape 27: Letter Dictation to Staff about Cases [Taped Over a Few Times], Tuesday, March 15th, Election Day, 1994