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Richard Lockhart - General Interest

Dick Lockhart began a long career in lobbying and journalism in the mid 1950s, starting his own lobbying firm, Social Engineering Associates, in 1958. Lockhart focused his energies on smaller clients, in particular, the Mental Health Association of IL, and later the IL Press Association, public sector unions, and many others. With over fifty years of lobbying in Springfield, Lockhart has helped to shape scores of pieces of legislation, and worked with all of the state's top legislators.

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Early career as a lobbyist in Springfield

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Lobbying career from 1968 through 1990

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Lobbying during Gov. Edgar, Ryan and Blagojevich administrations

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Dick Lockhart's Veterans Remember-WW II interview, where he discusses his experiences in the infantry, and his POW memories after being captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge


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Picture of Richard Lockhart on the phone at the State Capitol, featured in the Chicago Sun-Times article “Springfield’s game of one on one”.

Where:

State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois

When:

Sunday May 21, 1978

Ownership:

Unknown

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Members of the Austin Citizens Council, League of Women Voters, and Citizens of Greater Chicago plan a Candidates’ meeting for the primary. L-R are Jim O’Malley, Mrs. Norton, and Dick; Morris Wexler, Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Lindsay, and Mrs. Altschuler.

Where:

Unknown

When:

March 1954

Ownership:

Unknown

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In spring of 1962, Richard Lockhart talks about politics on his show, Metropolitan Report on WTTW, with the Rev. Arthur M. Brazier (president of the Temporary Woodlawn Organization).

Where:

When:

In spring of 1962

Ownership:

Unknown

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Dick Lockhart takes a moment to review some documents on the steps in the state Capitol.

Where:

State Capital, Springfield, Illinois

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Unknown

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Dick Lockhart relaxes at his home in Chicago, circa 1990s.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

Circa 1990s

Ownership:

Unknown

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Lobbyist Dick Lockhart is flanked by the Illinois’s Senate Democratic leaders on the occasion of his 50th anniversary as a lobbyist in 2008. On the left is Majority Caucus Whip John Cullerton, with Senate President Emil Jones on the right.

Where:

Springfield’s Sangamo Club

When:

March 8, 2008

Ownership:

Linda Brookhart’s personal photos, donated to the ALPL Oral History Program.

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Dick Lockhart with Speaker of the Illinois House Mike Madigan. Lockhart boasted that he was one of the few people in the legislature that had been around longer than Madigan.

Where:

Springfield’s Sangamo Club

When:

March 8, 2008

Ownership:

Linda Brookhart’s personal photos, donated to the ALPL Oral History Program.

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Representative Kenneth Dunkin (Democrat-Chicago) with Dick Lockhart at Lockhart’s 50th Anniversary function in Springfield’s Sangamo Club on March 8, 2008.

Where:

Springfield’s Sangamo Club

When:

March 8, 2008

Ownership:

Unknown

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Representative Joseph Lyons (Democrat-Chicago) congratulates Dick Lockhart on his 50 years as a lobbyist at Lockhart’s party at the Sangamo Club in Springfield in 2008.

Where:

Sangamo Club in Springfield

When:

March 8, 2008

Ownership:

Linda Brookhart’s personal photos, donated to the ALPL Oral History Program.

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Dick Lockhart stands with Bernie Schoenburg, the Springfield State Journal-Register’s longtime Statehouse reporter, at the occasion of Lockhart’s 50th anniversary as a lobbyist in 2008.

Where:

Sangamo Club in Springfield

When:

March 8, 2008

Ownership:

Linda Brookhart’s personal photos, donated to the ALPL Oral History Program.



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