Collection 2012.5 - Grace Mary Stern Collection

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US IlHpHS 2012.5


Grace Mary Stern Collection


  • ca. 1968-1982 (Creation)

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(d. 1998)

Biographical history

"North Shore Democrat" Grace Mary Stern began her political career in 1966 after her successful election campaign to become assistant township supervisor in Deerfield Township (Illinois), a position on the Lake County Board. In 1970 she was elected as Lake County (Illinois) Clerk. Stern ran for lieutenant governor with gubernatorial candidate Adlai Stevenson III in 1982. (They lost.) Stern was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1984 where she served until her 1992 election as Illinois State Senator. Stern served as State Senator until her death from cancer in 1998. Stern received numerous civic awards, including the Highland Park Humanitarian Award and the Grace Mary Stern Scholarship Foundation for Women's Studies at Roosevelt University. Stern was married to H.L. "Hub" Stern. They had 10 children.

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This collection was donated to the Highland Park Historical Society from a campaign volunteer, Judy Helberg.

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This file contains correspondence, clippings, campaign publications and a button.

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  • English

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These papers are fragile and brittle.

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Grace Mary Stern's papers are located at the University of Illinois at Chicago Special Collections.

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  • Box: 2012 Accessions