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Lee Daniels - Legislators Project

Lee Daniels served as the Republican Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1983 to his retirement in 2003. From 1995 to 1996 he served as the Speaker of the IL House, years when he was successful in steering through several initiatives important to the Republican leadership, including Chicago school reform, tort reform and disability legislation. Daniels talks extensively about the state's governors from Thompson to Blagojevich, and relates stories about all of the major political figures in Illinois during this period.

Interview Links

Feature Excerpt

Thompson at Daniels House

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Daniels’ early life and 1st year in the IL House

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Daniels’ early years in IL House and his selection as minority leader

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Daniels as Republican Minority Leader, 1983 to 1986

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Daniels as Republican Minority Leader, 1987 to 1992

Interview Session 05 (Audio)

Daniels in IL House from 1992 to selection as Speaker in 1995

Interview Session 06 (Audio)

Daniels’ term as House Speaker in 1995-1996

Interview Session 07 (Audio)

Daniels as Republican leader during 2nd Edgar Administration

Interview Session 08 (Audio)

The George Ryan governorship

Interview Session 09 (Audio)

The Ryan and Blagojevich years and the end of Daniels’ career

Final Transcript

Photos

Caption

Lee Daniels’ mother, Evelyn May Bousfield, circa 1945.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1945

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Albert Lee Daniels, Lee Daniels’ father, in his U.S. Navy uniform, in which he served during World War II, from 1942-1945.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1942-1945

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Daniels family portrait taken in circa 1959. In the front are Dave, Bob and Tom. In the center row are John, Rich, Pat with Lee and William in the back.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1959

Ownership:

May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Lee Daniels and Bill play in the streets of Elmhurst, circa 1950.

Where:

Elmhurst, Illinois

When:

Circa 1950

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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A young Lee Daniels in tuxedo in 1956; he is all dressed up to be a soloist at a wedding.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1956

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Lee Daniels’s grandfather, Lee Earle Daniels, while he served as an Illinois State Representative for DuPage County in 1956 to 1962.

Where:

Illinois State Legislative House

When:

1956 to 1962.

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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1974 campaign material for Lee Daniels during his first campaign for State Representative.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1974

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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1974 campaign material, featuring “Three Outstanding Candidates,” with James “Pate” Philip (campaigning for state senator), plus Lee Daniels and Gene Hoffman, campaigning as Republicans for state representative.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1974

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Daniels was a fresh. leg. when the Ill House went through 93 votes before electing William Redmond, a Dem from DuPage County, as its Speaker. Daniels not only tallied the votes, but voted for Redmond in a move that broke the deadlock.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1975

Ownership:

Narrator’s document


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The official photo of Lee Daniels from the 1975-1976 edition of the Illinois Blue Book.

Where:

Illinois Blue Book, 75-76

When:

1975-1976

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Roberta Nelson, Lee Daniels, Pate Philip, and Governor Dan Walker at the signing of the Specialized Living Centers Act in the mid-1970s. Roberta later became Walker’s second wife shortly after he was defeated in his 1976 reelection bid.

Where:

Unknown

When:

mid-1970s

Ownership:

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Lee Daniels with Speaker of the House William A. Redmond (second from left) and Gene Hoffman in the mid-1970s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Mid-1970s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Inside panels of a 1982 Lee Daniels State Representative re-election campaign brochure.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1982

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Inside panels of a 1982 Lee Daniels State Representative re-election campaign brochure.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1982

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels was featured on the April 1986 edition of Illinois Issues magazine.

Where:

Illinois Issues magazine

When:

April, 1986

Ownership:

May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

Caption

A photo of Lee Daniels speaking on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives, from an article in the April 1986 Illinois Issues magazine.

Where:

Floor of the Illinois House of Representatives

When:

April, 1986

Ownership:

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An April 1986 photo of Lee Daniels, from an article in Illinois Issues magazine.

Where:

Illinois Issues magazine

When:

April, 1986

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The Illinois legislature’s ‘Four Tops,’ House Speaker Mike Madigan, Senate Minority Leader James “Pate” Philip, Senate President Phil Rock, and House Minority Leader Lee Daniels pose for a photo in the mid 1980s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Mid 1980s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels and Governor Jim Thompson share a triumphant moment with former President Gerald Ford in Chicago in 1986 at a Republican campaign event.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

1986

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Lee Daniels (second from left) joined others in the Oval Office for a photo op with President Ronald Reagan in the mid 1980s.

Where:

Oval Office

When:

Mid 1980s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

The 85th General Assembly member display board in 1987, announcing Lee Daniels’s selection as House Minority Leader. He was first honored with the position in 1983.

Where:

General Assembly, Springfield, Illinois

When:

1987

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Lee Daniels ‘at bat’ with White Sox player ‘Psycho’ Steve Lyons and Lieutenant Governor George Ryan at U.S. Cellular Field [formerly Comiskey Park] in the late 1980s.

Where:

U.S. Cellular Field

When:

Late 1980s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Lee Daniels met with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (on the right), Senator Reigel (Democrat-Michigan) and Cheri Berteau in 1989.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1989

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Minority Leader Daniels met with Vice President Dan Quayle in 1990 during a reception at the National Conference of State Legislators.

Where:

National Conference of State Legislators

When:

1990

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Lee Daniels shared a table at a Republican fund raiser with Illinois state senator Aldo DeAngelis, President George H.W. Bush and Joel Herter during an event for Lee Daniels in the Empire Room at the Palmer House in Chicago.

Where:

Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Photo of Lee Daniels and Governor Jim Thompson, autographed by the governor, circa 1980s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1980s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

House Minority Leader Lee Daniels made the cover of the March 1991 issue of Illinois Issues magazine.

Where:

Illinois Issues magazine

When:

March 1991

Ownership:

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Caption

A House Floor Pass commemorating the Ill Legislative Commission Drawing that led to 1) the Republicans controlling redistricting and 2) Daniels’ becoming Speaker of the House in 1995 following the Republican winning the majority in the 1994 elections.

Where:

Unknown

When:

September 5, 1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

The August 16, 1992 Chicago Tribune Magazine cover (top half) featuring Lee Daniels and ‘Pate’ Philips, both of DuPage County.

Where:

Chicago Tribune Magazine

When:

August 16, 1992

Ownership:

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Caption

Lee Daniels and ‘Pate’ Philip, the photo used for the Chicago Tribune Magazine cover in 1992.

Where:

Chicago Tribune Magazine

When:

1992

Ownership:

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Caption

‘Pate’ Philip and Lee Daniels watch as Governor Edgar signs a law increasing the state income tax while simultaneously imposing property tax limitations in collar counties. The signing took place in 1991.

Where:

Lombard, IL /Chicago Tribune Magazine

When:

Signing in 1991. Photo in August 16, 1992 (Chicago Tribune Magazine)

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Lee Daniels meets with his staff on the House floor, circa August 1992. The photo appeared in the August 16, 1992 edition of the Chicago Tribune Magazine.

Where:

Chicago Tribune Magazine

When:

Circa August, 1992

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Lee Daniels and ‘Pate’ Philip toss a football as well as ideas in Philips’ Elmhurst office, circa August 1992. The photo appeared in the August 16, 1992 edition of the Chicago Tribune Magazine.

Where:

Philips’ Elmhurst office

When:

Circa August, 1992

Ownership:

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Senator Philip with Governor Jim Edgar and Minority Leader Lee Daniels in Lombard, Illinois at the signing event for the Governor’s Property Tax Cap legislation. The photo appeared in the August 16, 1992 edition of the Chicago Tribune Magazine.

Where:

Lombard, Illinois /Chicago Tribune Magazine.

When:

August 16, 1992

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Minority Leader Lee Daniels with Secretary of State George Ryan during a meeting in 1993. Ryan was already anticipating the day when the Republicans would gain the majority, and Daniels would become Speaker of the House.

Where:

Daniels’ capitol building office Springfield, Illinois

When:

1993

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels, Congressman Henry Hyde and Jim Edgar at a Pate Phillip in 1993.

Where:

Campaign event

When:

1993

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Lee Daniels and Governor Jim Edgar take time for a photo during Daniels’s visit with the governor in Daniels’ Springfield office.

Where:

Daniels’ Springfield office

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Governor Jim Edgar shakes Speaker of the House Daniels’ hand after Edgar’s State of the State Address in 1996; Senate President ‘Pate’ Philip stands behind Daniels.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1996

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Governor Jim Edgar, Lee Daniels, and ‘Pate’ Philip meet in the Illinois House of Representatives chamber during the Governor’s 1996 State of the State message.

Where:

Illinois House of Representatives chamber

When:

1996

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels and Rev. Jesse Jackson meet on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives circa late 1990s.

Where:

Illinois House of Representatives

When:

circa late 1990s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Lee Daniels and Senator ‘Pate’ Philip in the Illinois House chamber, circa 1996.

Where:

Illinois House chamber

When:

Circa 1996

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels and Lieutenant Governor Bob Kustra flank Governor Jim Edgar in his Downers Grove hospital room after his heart surgery in July 1994.

Where:

Downers Grove hospital room

When:

July, 1994

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels on the cover of a campaign mailing, emphasizing his leadership abilities. The 1994 election was crucial for Daniels, as he fought to get enough Republican House candidates elected in order to give him the majority in the House of Rep.

Where:

Cover of a campaign mailing

When:

October, 1994

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels on the floor of the Illinois House chamber after his election as Speaker of the House on January 11th, 1995.

Where:

Floor of the Illinois House chamber

When:

January 11th, 1995

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

A plate of the front page of the Springfield State Journal-Register for Thursday, January 12, 1995, heralding Lee Daniels’ selection as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Where:

Springfield State Journal-Register

When:

Thursday, January 12, 1995

Ownership:

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Caption

The Illinois House Republican leadership team for 2000. In the front are Tom Cross, Minority Leader Lee Daniels and Art Tenhouse. In the back are Dan Rutherford, Pat Linder, Bill Black, Kathleen Wojcik, Ron Stephens, David Leitch, and Raymond Poe.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

2000

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Speaker Lee Daniels addresses the Illinois House of Representatives in 1996.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1996

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Speaker of the House Lee Daniels calls the Illinois House of Representatives into session, circa 1995.

Where:

Illinois House of Representatives

When:

Circa 1995

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Lee Daniels gives a young constituent a present in Daniels’ Springfield office.

Where:

Daniels’ Springfield office

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels, Representative Vince Persico and fellow Republicans talk over an issue on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives chamber, circa 1997.

Where:

Floor of the Illinois House of Representatives chamber

When:

Circa 1997

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood meets with Lee Daniels, (with Illinois Representative Mike Bost in the background) in the Illinois state executive mansion, circa 1999.

Where:

Illinois state executive mansion

When:

Circa 1999

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Governor George Ryan, Pate Philip, Senator Stan Weaver of Champaign, and Lee Daniels examine a picture in the governor’s office in the Illinois state executive mansion in 1999.

Where:

Governor’s office in the Illinois state executive mansion

When:

1999

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

House Minority Leader Lee Daniels and Governor George Ryan confer in the Illinois House of Representatives chamber, 1999.

Where:

Illinois House of Representatives chamber

When:

1999

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels meets with George W. Bush during his presidential campaign visit to Illinois on 2002.

Where:

Illinois

When:

2002

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels addressed those attending the ground-breaking for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library on February 12th, 2001, Lincoln’s birthday. Governor George Ryan looks on.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

February 12th, 2001

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Groundbreaking for the ALPL. Included are Lura Lynn Ryan, the state’s Constitutional officers, Springfield’s congressional representatives, the area’s state representatives, IHPA Board members, Mayor Karen Hasara, and Lee Daniels.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

February 12th, 2001

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Jesse White, Judy Baar Topinka, Michael Beschloss, Mike Madigan, unknown, Ray LaHood, Corrine Wood, Larry Bomke, Gov George & Mrs. Ryan, Raymond Poe, Gwenn Klingler, Karen Hasara, Daniel Hynes, Jim Ryan, John Shimkus, Lee Daniels and Julie Cellini.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

February 12th, 2001

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Cardinal George, Lee Daniels with his wife Pam, and daughter Laurie at the dedication of the Lee A. Daniels Building at St. Colleta’s of Illinois Administrative and Vocational Training Center in Tinley Park in June 2001.

Where:

Tinley Park

When:

June 2001

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Evelyn Bousfield Daniels (Lee Daniels’ mother), Pam Daniels (Lee’s wife), and Lee Daniels at the dedication for Daniels Hall at Elmhurst College in March 2008.

Where:

Daniels Hall at Elmhurst College

When:

March 2008

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Cartoon of an elephant wearing a 40th District jersey, Lee Daniels’ legislative district.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

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Caption

Official portrait of Lee Daniels.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Lee Daniels and Dr. Mark DePue during their oral history interview in June, 2012 in Daniel’s Elmhurst law office.

Where:

Daniel’s Elmhurst law office

When:

June, 2012

Ownership:

Oral History program photo



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