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Senator James 'Pate' Philip - Legislators Project

James 'Pate' Philip served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1966 to 1974, and in the Illinois Senate from 1975 to 2002, when he retired. Senator Philip hailed from the Republican stronghold of DuPage County, and for most of his years in the Senate (1981-2002) he served as the leader of the Republican caucus. In 1993, after the Republicans won control of state redistricting, he became Senate President. During his tenure as the Republican leader, Philip developed a reputation for being a 'straight-talking Marine.' He consistently fought for fiscal responsibility, was a traditional conservative on such issues as the Equal Rights Amendment, gun control, crime and the death penalty, and was a strong advocate for the interests of the Chicago suburbs and downstate. Also present during the interview was Carter Hendren, Senator Philip's chief of staff during his long tenure in the Senate.

Interview Links

Feature Excerpt

Politically Correct

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early years through Philip’s election to IL House in 1966

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Career in the Illinois State Senate from 1976 to 2003

Transcript

Related Materials

See also

Carter Hendren's interview, part of the Gov. Jim Edgar collection.

Photos

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Elmer Hoffman, “Pate” Philip, Senator Everett Dirksen, Clifford Carney, and Peter Zelkoff gather at an event to honor Senator Dirksen, in the early 1960s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Early 1960s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain

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State Representative James ‘Pate’ Philip rides in a parade in Elmhurst, Illinois while running for reelection in 1970. Pate’s son Jase is along for the ride. (Narrator’s photo)

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

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Unknown

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Governor Thompson joins Senator Keats and Philip at the Great Wall of China in March, 1985.

Where:

Great Wall of China

When:

March, 1985

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator James “Pate” Philip’s official photo circa the late 1970s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa the late 1970s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Governor Jim Thompson and ‘Pate’ Philip talk in 1978 during Illinois’s fall campaign season. Their buttons read “Help Pass The Thompson Proposition”. Governor Thompson had proposed putting a lid on state taxes and spending as part of his campaign.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1978

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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James “Pate” Philip rides in a parade in Addison, Illinois as he runs for election to the State Senate in 1974.

Where:

Addison, Illinois

When:

1974

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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“Pate” Philip with his two running mates, Gene Hoffman and Lee Daniels in 1974, the first year Pate ran for the State Senate.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1974

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Narrator’s photo

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President Ford shakes hands with ‘Pate’ in 1976 during Ford’s run for reelection at an event at Wheaton College. On the left is Vern McCarthy.

Where:

Wheaton College

When:

1976

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Philip passes out campaign material in Elmhurst during the race in 1978. Gene Hoffman and Lee Daniels were the two Republican Illinois house candidates in Philip’s senatorial district who were also up for reelection.

Where:

Elmhurst

When:

1978

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senator Philip, his wife Nancy, and John Connally at a Republican Day event, circa 1980. Connally, a Republican, ran for president in 1980.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1980

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Philip speaks at a fundraiser in 1980, where President Ronald Reagan was also honored. The event was at the ‘Reagan Country Roundup’ at the DuPage County Fair.

Where:

DuPage County Fair

When:

1980

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Narrator’s photo

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Governor Thompson, Senator Philip, and his wife Nancy standing with Ronald Reagan at rally at the College of DuPage in the 1980s.

Where:

College of DuPage

When:

Circa 1980's

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Narrator’s photo

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“Pate” Philip posing with his wife Nancy at his fundraiser in the early 1980s. Note the Illini ‘I’ and the pants, and the cigar, one of Pate’s trademarks.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Early 1980s

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Narrator’s photo

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Senator Philip and Nancy Philip join Jack Kemp at a fundraiser in the early 1980s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Early 1980s

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Narrator’s photo

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Senator Philip and wife Nancy with Jim Thompson and his wife Jayne in the early 1980s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Early 1980s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senator and Mrs. Philip join Governor James and Mrs. Jayne Thompson, Nancy Philip; enjoy an event at the U.S. Embassy Party in London in September 1981.

Where:

U.S. Embassy Party in London

When:

September 1981

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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“Pate” Philip at a fundraiser for Reagan standing with Governor Jim Thompson and Frank Sinatra circa 1982.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1982

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo)

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Senator Philip rides with his fellow Shriners in a parade in Elmhurst, Illinois, circa 1982.

Where:

Elmhurst, Illinois

When:

Circa 1982

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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A Chicago Heights Star political cartoon made light of Senator Philip’s opposition to Governor Thompson’s tax package. May 26, 1983.

Where:

Chicago Heights

When:

May 26, 1983.

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

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Photo from a newspaper article of Illinois state senators Philip, Roger Keats, and Robert Egan with their wives during a trip to South Africa in early 1983.

Where:

South Africa

When:

Early 1983

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

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Senate Minority Leader “Pate” Philip shaking hands with Texas Governor George W. Bush in 1984.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1984

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Governor Jim Thompson, Vice President Bush, and Senator Philip visit a state park in the mid 1980s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Mid 1980s

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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James “Pate” Philip’s official photograph during the 1980s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1980s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Governor Thompson, Senator “Pate” Philip, and his wife Nancy in China in March, 1985.

Where:

China

When:

March, 1985

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Secretary of State George Ryan, Senator “Pate” Philip, and Nancy Philip with a Taiwanese official during a visit to that country in July 1987.

Where:

Taiwan

When:

July 1987

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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“Pate” Philip and Lee Daniels meet with Barbara Bush during George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 1988.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1988

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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In 1988, Senator Philip visits with workers of the I-355 Veterans Memorial Tollway, then under construction. Philip was a strong advocate for the north-south interstate, designed to improve the infrastructure for the western suburbs.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1988

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Presidential candidate Jack Kemp meets with Illinois State Senators John Maitland, Frank Watson and “Pate” Philip during the lead-up to the Republican primary in 1988.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1988

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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“Pate” Philip and his wife Nancy stand in front of a church during their official visit to the Soviet Union in April, 1989.

Where:

Soviet Union

When:

April, 1989

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Nancy, Pate, and Thompson Governor Thompson, Senator Philip, and Nancy Philip enjoyed shopping in the Soviet Union during their visit in 1989. They are checking out a collection of Russian nested dolls, or matryoshkas.

Where:

Soviet Union

When:

1989

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Philip and Governor Thompson discuss the opening of a trade office in the Soviet Union in 1989. The communist country was a big customer of Illinois agricultural products.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1989

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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“Pate” Philip and his supporters, wearing t-shirts printed with the slogan “I’m for Senator ‘Pate’ Philip,” get ready for a parade in Bensenville circa the late 1980s.

Where:

Bensenville, Illinois

When:

Circa the late 1980s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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“Pate Philip, Dick Duchossois (owner of Arlington Park racetrack), his son Greg, Jim Thompson, and a Bill Clinton look-alike at “Pate’s Pig Roast” at the Duchossois farm in the late 1980s.

Where:

Duchossois farm

When:

Late 1980s.

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senator “Pate” Philip, Jim Thompson, and George H.W. Bush at a DuPage fund raiser, circa 1988-1992.

Where:

DuPage

When:

Circa 1988-1992

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senator Philip and Senator Bob Kustra with Mrs. Barbara Bush at the DuPage Court House, circa 1988-1992.

Where:

DuPage Court House

When:

Circa 1988-1992

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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“Pate” Philip chats with Secretary of State Jim Edgar and Governor Thompson, circa 1990.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1990

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Emil Jones, Governor Jim Thompson, Lieutenant Governor George Ryan, ‘Pate’ and House Minority Leader Lee Daniels gather in the Governor’s office for a leadership meeting, circa 1990.

Where:

Governor’s office

When:

Circa 1990

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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“Pate” Philip meets with a group of Republican women and constituents at a coffee in Wood Dale during the 1990s.

Where:

Wood Dale, Illinois

When:

1990s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senate President Philip signing bills his Capitol building office in the early 1990s.

Where:

Capitol building office-Springfield, Illinois

When:

Early 1990s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Philip receiving plaque from Pat Durante and Congressman Henry Hyde, circa late 1990s. Durante was an Addison Township committeeman and an aid to Congressman Hyde.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa late 1990s

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Narrator’s photo

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Senator Philip and former Governor Jim Thompson at Chicago Cubs’ 1991 home opener.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Philip with Governor Thompson at the opening day of the new stadium for the Chicago White Sox in April, 1991.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

April, 1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.



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Senator Philip campaigns for reelection in his DuPage County district in Wood Dale, Illinois in 1992.

Where:

Wood Dale, Illinois

When:

1992

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senator James “Pate” Philip and his wife Nancy flank George H.W. Bush during a Bush fund raiser in 1992.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1992

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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“Pate” Philip meets President George H.W. while Bush was running for reelection in 1992. In the background is Gwen Klingler, representative from Springfield.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1992

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Philip greets a Du Page County Sherriff Department officer while campaigning, circa 1992.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1992

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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This group gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new bridge. From left to right are Governor Thompson, “Pate” Philip, Vince DeMuzio, John Kramer, a Pike County hunter, Jim Reilly and Kenny Boyle, a public defender for the appellate court.

Where:

Detroit, Illinois (Pike County)

When:

1993

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Lee Daniels and “Pate” Philip in a photo used for the cover of the Chicago Tribune Magazine on August 16, 1992. Both men hailed from the Republican powerhouse of DuPage County. Daniels was the Republican leader in the Illinois House.

Where:

Chicago Tribune Magazine, Chicago, Illinois

When:

August 16, 1992

Ownership:

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

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Senator Philip with Governor Jim Edgar and Minority Leader Lee Daniels at the signing event for the Governor’s Property Tax Cap legislation, which passed in 1991. The photo appeared in the August 16, 1992 edition of the Chicago Tribune Magazine.

Where:

Addison, Illinois

When:

August 16, 1992

Ownership:

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

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In October, 1992, ‘Pate’ and constituents discuss local issues during Senator Philip’s reelection campaign. The Republicans secured a majority in the Senate after the election, making Philip the Senate President.

Where:

Unknown

When:

October, 1992

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senator Philip addresses the audience at a fund-raiser circa 1993. With him are Representatives Kay Wojcik of Schaumburg, Illinois and Lee Daniels of Elmhurst.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1993

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senator President Philip addresses the Illinois State Senate, circa 1993. In the background are Glen Hodas and Jim Owens, Senate Republican staffers, as well as Kathy Parker and David Barkhausen on the right.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Circa 1993

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Philip addresses the press at an impromptu event in the State Capitol, circa 1993.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Circa 1993

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senate President James “Pate” Philip’s 1993 leadership team. From left to right are Aldo DeAngelis, Adeline Geo-Karis, Stanley Weaver, Senator Philip, Laura Kent Donahue, Frank Watson, John Maitland and Walter Dudycz.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1993

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

James “Pate” Philip presides for the first time as President of the Senate in 1993, surrounded by family, friends and supporters.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1993

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Philip stands with a runway of O’Hare Airport behind him, during the O’Hare expansion project in the 1990s. Philip and other DuPage County representatives often fought to limit the growth of the airport, then the busiest in the world.

Where:

O’Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois

When:

1990s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senator Philip presides over the Illinois State Senate in the early 1990s. He became Senate President in 1993, following a 1991 legislative redistricting that the Republicans controlled.

Where:

Illinois State Senate, Springfield, Illinois

When:

Early 1990s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Philip enjoys a moment with his son Jase who worked as page in the Senate, circa the 1990s.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Circa the 1990s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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“Pate” Philip, on the right, joins fellow Medinah, Illinois Shriners in the mid-1990s as they raised funds for the Salvation Army. Next to him is Lee Daniels of Elmhurst, who served as the Speaker of the Illinois House in 1995 and 1996.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Mid-1990s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senate President Philip ‘working the phone’ in his capitol building office in the 1990s.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1990s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The statehouse media in Philip’s office sometime in the 1990s. Also at the table are Senator Laura Kent Donahue of Adams County and Senator Frank Watson of Greenville.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1990s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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“Pate Philip” celebrates the Marine Corps’ birthday with a group of fellow Marines sometime in the 1990s. A Marine’s pride in service is evident every December 10th.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1990s

Ownership:

Narrator’s pho

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Senator Philip, House Speaker Mike Madigan, Jak Tichenor and Bruce Dumont prepare for a WTTW Illinois Lawmakers television interview in the 1990s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1990s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Nancy & Senator “Pate” Philip with their children and grandchildren on the floor of the Senate during a swearing in late 1990s/early 2000s.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

late 1990s/early 2000s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senate President “Pate” Philip’s leadership team in 1997. From left to right in the back are Walter Dudycz, Frank Watson, Stanley Weaver, Ed Petka, Doris Karpiel and John Maitland. In front are Adeline Geo-Karis, Senator Philip and Laura Kent Donahue.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1997

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

The 1997 Senate Republican caucus members, with President Philip in the Senate chamber.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1997

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Mayors Karen Hasara, Springfield, and Richard M. Daley, Chicago, meet with Senate President Philip and Lieutenant Governor Corrine Wood in the Capitol building, circa 2000.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Circa 2000

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

The ‘Four Tops’, Sen. Minority Leader Emil Jones, House Speaker Mike Madigan, Sen. President Philip and House Minority Leader Lee Daniels meet with Rick Richards, Military Order of the Purple Heart and John Johnston, Director of Veteran Affairs.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Circa early 2000s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

The Republican Leadership and Senator Philip celebrate the earliest adjournment in Illinois history, April 15, 2000.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

April 15, 2000

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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“Pate” Philip with his son and grandson in front of his portrait, which hangs in Capitol building in the late 2000s.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Late 2000s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Senator Philip with his supporters at an Addison parade circa 2001.

Where:

Addison, Illinois

When:

Circa 2001

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Senator “Pate” Philip riding in an Addison, Illinois parade on August 26, 2001.

Where:

Addison, Illinois

When:

August 26, 2001

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Congressman Henry Hyde and “Pate” Philip ride in a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Elmhurst in 2003, with Philip’s wife Patty driving.

Where:

Elmhurst, Illinois

When:

2003

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Senator and Mrs. Philip (on the flanks) share a moment in front the Senator’s portrait with two of their granddaughters, and daughter Cindi with her husband Mark Wallace.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

From left to right are Tom Taylor, Patty Schuh, Chief of Staff Carter Hendren, Glen Hodas, Senator Philip, Jim Harry, Mayebeth Hadfield and Mike Bass.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

April 15, 2000

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

Caption

Chicago Sun Times cartoonist Jack Higgins lampoons both Senator Philip and Mayor Richard M. Daley over the perennial dispute over a third airport for Chicago.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

1992

Ownership:

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



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