Remembering Governor ‘Big Jim’ Thompson
Governor Jim Thompson is Illinois’s longest-serving governor, with a larger than life personality to match his six foot six-inch frame. First elected in 1976 by an overwhelming majority, he weathered four elections and served for a total of fourteen years, finally stepping down in January 1991. A superb campaigner who knew how to connect both with legislators and the press, he led the state through a myriad of changes during a dramatic period of Illinois and American history. Join us in the McCormick Theater for an evening spent recalling the legacy and impact of one of Illinois’ most popular and successful governors.
Dr. Mark DePue, director of the presidential library’s Oral History Program, will moderate a conversation featuring four of Thompson’s top aides: Deputy Governor Jim Fletcher, Press Secretary David Gilbert, Budget Director Bob Mandeville, and Policy Director Paula Wolff.
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