William A. Redmond

Bill Redmond
64th Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives
In office
January 1975 (1975-Jan) – January 1981 (1981-Jan)
Preceded byW. Robert Blair
Succeeded byGeorge Ryan
Member of the
Illinois House of Representatives
from the 40th district
37th district (1966-73) At large (1964-66)
36th district (1959-64)
In office
January 1959 (1959-Jan) – December 1981 (1981-Dec)
Preceded byFred W. Anderson
Succeeded byHubert J. Loftus
Personal details
Born(1908-11-25)November 25, 1908
Chicago, Illinois
DiedDecember 11, 1992(1992-12-11) (aged 84)
Elmhurst, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Rita Riordan
ChildrenTwo Daughters, One Son
ResidenceBensenville, Illinois
Alma materMarquette University (B.E.)
Northwestern University (J.D.)
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1942-1946
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Lieutenant Commander
UnitU.S. Naval Intelligence

William Aloysius Redmond was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing portions of DuPage County from 1959 until his retirement in 1981. During the 79th, 80th and 81st general assemblies, he served as Speaker of the House.

Early life and career

Bill Redmond was born in Chicago on November 25, 1908. At the age of 5, he became a child model on the packages of Little Sun Maid Raisins.[1]

After graduating high school, he attended Marquette University where he earned a bachelor of engineering. In 1934, he graduated from Northwestern University's School of Law where he was a member of the Young Democrats.[2]

His first job out of college was at the firm of Loesch, Scofield, Loesch and Burke. He continued there until he entered the United States Navy as a Lieutenant, junior grade at the outbreak of World War II.[2] He served in Naval Intelligence and as a Naval Security officer.[1] He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant commander.[2]

After the war, he returned to practicing law and became the first attorney in Bensenville, Illinois. His experiences during the Great Depression having made him a staunch Democrat, he became involved in the small Democratic Party of largely Republican DuPage County, eventually becoming its chairman in 1968.[3][4] In 1948, after encouragement from Paul Douglas and Adlai Stevenson he ran for DuPage County State's Attorney and received the highest vote total of anyone up to that time, but lost.[5] He made his second run for office in 1950 when he ran for county judge.[2]

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