Grace Mary Stern papers
MSSter97

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Stern, Grace Mary
Title
Grace Mary Stern papers
ID
MSSter97
Date [inclusive]
1968-1997
Extent
10.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Grace Mary Stern's 30-year career in public service included terms as assistant township supervisor for Deerfield Township, County Clerk, Illinois State Representative, and Illinois Senator. This collection begins in 1966 and continues on to 1998.

Preferred Citation

Grace Mary Stern papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Grace Mary Stern's 30-year career in public service began in 1966 when she became assistant township supervisor for Deerfield Township. She also served on the Lake County Board of Supervisors until 1970, when she was elected County Clerk. With her election as County Clerk, Stern became the first Democrat in 36 years to win a county post in the solidly Republican area. In 1982, after serving 12 years as County Clerk, Stern ran for Illinois Lieutenant Governor as Adlai Stevenson's running mate. The Stevenson-Stern ticket was narrowly defeated by incumbent Gov. James R. Thompson and his running mate, George Ryan. Stern won election to the state House in 1984 and served there until 1992, when she was elected a State Senator. She served until 1994 when she was defeated for re-election by a Republican in a year when Democrats were voted out of office nationwide. Mrs. Stern was known as a fiery supporter of the disadvantaged, the mentally ill, and an advocate of women's issues, equal rights, gun control and increasing voter registration. She died of brain cancer on May 17, 1998 in her home in Highland Park, Illinois.

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Scope and Contents

This collection begins in 1966 and continues on to 1998. The first series contains material about Grace Mary Stern's political positions held in Lake County, Illinois. The second series consists of documents from her terms in the Illinois House of Representatives and the third series with her position in the Illinois Senate. This collection also includes a large political button collection and several VHS tapes. The files are in chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-05-16

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Democratic Party (U.S.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Stern, Grace Mary -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Women's rights -- United States.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Lake County Board/Lake County Clerk 

Scope and Content:

Series one contains information pertaining to the position of Lake County Clerk held by Grace Mary Stern from 1968 until 1984. Some of the materials include newspaper clippings, speeches, correspondence, and campaign literature.

Box Folder

Lake County Board, 1968-1969 

1 1

Lake County Home Shrubbery Scandal, 1969-1970 

1 2

Election Tallies for Early County Clerk Elections, 1970 

1 3

Lake County Clerk Election, 1970 

1 4

Lake County Press Releases by P.R. Department, 1969-1970 

1 5

Post Clerk Election-Lake County Clerk Congrats, 1970 

1 6

"Crank" Material, 1970 

1 7

Speaking Engagement-Grace Mary Stern (GMS) Speeches, 1969-1970 

1 8

Lake County Clerk, 1971-1979 

1 9

Speaking Engagements, 1971-1972 

1 10

Speaking Engagements, 1973 

1 11

GMS-Notes and Doodles, undated 

1 12

Lake County Clerk, 1974 

1 13

Speaking Engagements-Speeches, 1974-1975 

2 14

Speaking Engagements-Speeches, 1976-1977 

2 15

Lake County Clerk, 1977 

2 16

Speaking Engagements-Speeches, 1978-1979 

2 17

Lake County Clerk, 1981 

2 18

Lake County Politics, 1980-1981 

2 19

Vice President Mondale's Visit to Panama, 1979 

2 20

Candidate for State Treasurer, 1981 

2 21

Issues, 1983 

2 22

Environmental Issues, 1983 

2 23

Education, 1983 

3 24

Defense, 1983 

3 25

Unemployment, 1982-1983 

3 26

Lake County, undated 

3 27

Health Care Issues, 1983 

3 28

Unions, 1983 

3 29

Correspondence-Democrats, 1984 

3 30

Correspondence-"Folks", 1984 

3 31

GMS-Correspondence Out, 1984 

3 32

Campaign Literature for House of Representatives, 1984 

3 33

Nelson-Sommerfeld Republicans, 1984 

3 34

Media-58th District, 1984 

3 35

Finance Calls and Responses, 1983-1984 

3 36

Issue-Sommerfeld, 1977-1984 

3 37

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Series II: Illinois House of Representatives 

Scope and Content:

Series II corresponds with Grace Mary Stern's position in the Illinois House of Representatives, in which she served three consecutive terms. Included in these materials are newspaper clippings, victory letters, finance information, house bills, awards, photos, opinion polls, and fund raising events.

Box Folder

Victory Letters, etc. About and After Election, 1984 

4 38

Women and GMS Democratic Politics, 1985-1986 

4 39

1st Term-58th District House of Representatives of Illinois, 1985-1987 

4 40

Printed Material, 1986 

4 41

Reproductive Choice, 1985 

4 42

Finance List for Mailings and Letters, 1986 

4 43

Political Advertisements, 1986 

4 44

Miscellaneous, 1986 

4 45

Fragile "X" Syndrome, 1986 

4 46

Stern for 58th-Accounting, 1985-1986 

4 47

Stern for 58th-Contribution Reports, 1985-1986 

4 48

2nd Term-58th District House of Representatives of Illinois, 1987-1989 

5 49

State Representative Political Advertisements, 1987-1989 

5 50

Sunday Car Sales, 1986-1988 

5 51

Political Funds-Contributions (GMS), 1988 

5 52

Stern for 58th-Accountings, 1987-1988 

5 53

Statement of Economic Interest, 1987 

5 54

3rd Term-58th District House of Representatives of Illinois, 1989-1991 

5 55

Ethics Statement Amendment, 1991 

5 56

Stern for 58th District-Accounting, 1989-1990 

5 57

Insurance Committee-In Vitro Fertilization-LAW, 1989-1991 

5 58

Pro-Choice Information and Organizations, 1989-1990 

5 59

House Bill (HB) 3838-Good Time Release, 1990 

6 60

Gender Balance Law, 1989-1991 

6 61

HB 36-Uniform Determination of Death Act,, 1991 

6 62

St. Anne Project Report, 16 May 1991 

6 63

Ad Book-Financing, 1989-1992 

6 64

Lori Ann Baas-Fund Raising Consultant, 1990 

6 65

Legal Matters-District Office, 1987-1994 

6 66

Disclosure, 1990 

6 67

GMS-Awards, 1984-1994 

7 68

Speeches-Women in Politics, 1981-1992 

7 69

Politics, 1982 

7 70

Campaign Clips (GMS)-Stevenson/Stern, 1981-1982 

7 71

Photos, Brochure, Cartoon, 1981 

7 72

GMS Speeches, 1982 

7 73

GMS Campaign Schedules Lieutenant Governor, 1982 

7 74

GMS Campaign Schedules Lieutenant Governor,, 1982 

7 75

Fund Raising Events-Stevenson/Stern, 1982 

8 76

Staff Memos, 1982 

8 77

State Campaign Finance Information, 1981-1982 

8 78

GMS to Stevenson Campaign, 1981-1982 

8 79

GMS-Campaign Notes, 1982-1983 

8 80

Lieutenant Governor Ryan-Issues, 1982 

8 81

Lieutenant Governor Duties, Options, Etc., 1982 

8 82

Campaign Advice, 1982 

8 83

Joseph Novak-Campaign Manager, 1982 

8 84

Survey of Voter Attitudes in Illinois, 1982 

8 85

Polls-Opinions, 1982 

8 86

Agriculture, 1983 

9 87

Children and Related Issues, 1982 

9 88

Abortion---Yes or No, Babies, etc., 1981-1983 

9 89

Economy, 1983 

9 90

Economy-State, 1982 

9 91

Lawrence N. Hansen, undated 

9 92

Defense, 1982 

9 93

Reagan-Economic Policies, 1982 

9 94

Energy-Gas, Oil, etc., 1981-1982 

9 95

Energy-Atomic Sources, 1981-1982 

9 96

Energy-Coal Sources, 1981-1982 

9 97

Thompson Address to the Illinois Federation of Teachers, 27 March 1982 

10 98

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and Legislative Issues, 1982 

10 99

Health Care Costs, 1980-1982 

10 100

Health Care, 1981-1982 

10 101

Pollution, 1979-1982 

10 102

Nuclear Waste, 1983 

10 103

Trade, 1982 

10 104

Utilities-Commonwealth Edison, 1982 

10 105

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Series III: Stern/Keats Campaign for Senate 

Scope and Content:

This series contains information about Grace Mary Stern's position in the Illinois State Senate. She held office from 1993 to 1995. Materials found in this series include campaign materials, questionnaires, photos, finance reports, fund raising materials, motor voter materials, and election results.

Box Folder

GMS-Roger Keats Campaign for Senate District #29., 1991-1992 

11 106

Roger Keats-Opponent, 1992 

11 107

Political Funding Requests, 1992 

11 108

Summary of Senate Campaign, 1992 

11 109

Political Finance Reports, 1993 

11 110

Senator Stern-Political, 1992-1993 

11 111

Stern/Keats Race-Issues, 1992 

11 112

Keats/Stern Race Campaign Issues-Strategy, etc., 1991-1992 

11 113

GMS Senate District #29-District Office, 1992-1994 

11 114

Bill Summary-Letters, 1992-1994 

12 115

Talking Points/Ideas, 1993-1994 

12 116

Questionnaires, Publications, Photos, 1992-1994 

12 117

GMS Economic Interest Statements, 1990-1994 

12 118

Stern Legislation, 1993-1994 

12 119

Senator Stern-News Clippings, 1993-1994 

12 120

Contributors-Political Action Committee (PAC), 1993 

12 121

Springfield-Issues, 1994 

12 122

Proposed Legislation, 1994-1995 

12 123

Abortion-Parental Notification, 1993 

13 124

Adoption Legislation, 1993 

13 125

Clinical Psychologists, 1993 

13 126

Daycare, 1993 

13 127

Educational Vouchers, 1993 

13 128

Gambling, 1993 

13 129

Gay Rights, 1993 

13 130

Gun Control, 1993 

13 131

Fort Sheridan, 1993 

13 132

Bill File SB1159 (Stern)-HAM Radio License Plates-CORP, 1994 

13 133

Bill File SJR109 (Stern)-Task Force on Juvenile Justice, 1994 

13 134

Tax Cap Information, 1993 

13 135

House Bill (HB) 2679: Amends the School Code, 1992 

13 136

Governor's Physical Fitness and Sports Council, 1993 

13 137

Bill File SB1168 (Cronin)-CRIM CD-Assault Weapons Ban, 1994 

13 138

Bill File SB0152 (Stern)-Government Ethics-Teacher No File, 1993 

13 139

HJR 96 (Hawkinson)-Juvenile Justice System, 1994 

13 140

Bill File SB0120 (Stern)-Election CD-Absentee Voting, 1993 

13 141

Medical Malpractice Limitations, 1993 

13 142

Mental Health, 1993 

13 143

Physical Education-Schools, 1993 

13 144

Bill File SB0121 (Stern)-Election CD-Raise Precinct Size, 1993 

13 145

Bill File SB644 (Cullerton)-Juvenile Court Procedures, 1993 

13 146

Bill File SJR109 (Stern)-Task Force on Juvenile Justice, 1994 

13 147

Structural Work Act, 1993 

13 148

Teacher Pensions, 1993 

13 149

Bill File SB1327 (Karpiel)-Companion Animals-Aggravated Cruelty, 1993 

13 150

Bill File SB1263 (Raica)-Elections-National Voter Registration, 1994 

13 151

Bill File SB40-Child Firearm, 1994 

13 152

Property Tax Caps, 1993 

13 153

Bill File SB0040 (Stern)-Crim CD-Loaded Firearms and Children, 1994 

14 154

Bill File SB1162 (Stern)-COR-Juvenile Training Program, 1994 

14 155

Motor Voter, 1993-1994 

14 156

Talking Points, 1994 

14 157

Wilmette Appearance Review Committee, 1994 

14 158

Bulk Mail Act-Winnetka, 1994 

14 159

29th District Analysis, 1994 

14 160

Stern Campaign Plans, 1994 

14 161

Scheduling-Campaign, 1994 

14 162

Press, 1994 

14 163

Bus Signs, 1994 

14 164

Questionnaires, 1994 

15 165

Illinois Income Tax and Health Issues, 1994 

15 166

Campaign, 1994 

15 167

Campaign, 1994 

15 168

Fund Raising-Campaign, 1994 

15 169

Stern Legislative Mailings, 1994 

15 170

Stern Numbers, 1994 

15 171

Letters on GMS' Behalf, 1994 

15 172

Opponents, 1994 

15 173

Kathleen Parker, 1994 

15 174

Political Finance Reports, 1994 

16 175

Campaign Material, 1994 

16 176

Hard Copies-Campaign Letters, 1994-1995 

16 177

PAC-Contributions, 1994 

16 178

Fund Raising Letter, October 1994 

16 179

Stern for Illinois-Fund Raising, 1994 

16 180

Rayna Miller, 1994 

16 181

Sample Letters, undated 

16 182

Howlett, 1994 

16 183

Fund Raising Letters on GMS' Behalf, 1994 

16 184

Hedy Ratner, 1994 

16 185

Campaigning Photos, 1994 

16 186

Senator Jones Event, 1994 

16 187

NARAL Letter, 1994 

16 188

Solicitation Letter, October 1994 

16 189

Election Results, 1994 

17 190

March 19th-Lists and Letter Copy, 1994 

17 191

Motor Voters, 1995 

17 192

Motor Voter and Miscellaneous, 1992-1994 

17 193

Awards and Plaques-GMS (copies), 1972-1996 

17 194

VHS Tape- GMS Highland Park Country Club, 16 March 1995 

18 195

VHS Tape- Illinois Lawmakers, 30 June 1993 

18 196

VHS Tape- GMS Training, 29 September 1992 

18 197

VHS Tape- GMS Speech Training, 5 October 1992 

18 198

VHS Tape- Panel; of Illinois Legislators, 1993-1994 

18 199

VHS Tape- GMS Interview with Madelaine Doubek, 3 June 1997 

18 200

VHS Tape- "Top Story-Voter Apathy", 19 June 1992 

18 201

VHS Tape- With a Stern Eye, 9 December 1996 

18 202

VHS Tape- Inside your Government, undated 

18 203

VHS Tape- GMS Interview with Ruth Buhai, undated 

18 204

VHS Tape- "With a stern Eye" Guest-Richard Day, September 1995 

18 205

VHS Tape- Illinois Senate-Inauguration of Illinois Senate, 13 January 1993 

18 206

VHS Tape- Senator Stern's PSA's/ Earth Day and DASA 

18 207
Box

Political Buttons 

19

Political Buttons 

20

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Oversized Material 

Oversize

Assorted campaign posters and bumper stickers, undated 

Folder 208

Handwritten campaign posters, undated 

Folder 209
Box

William Crook Jr. limited edition print of 88th General Assembly (undated) and Stern's certificate of election to the Illinois Senate, 1992 

21
Oversize

Framed collage, undated 

Item 210

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