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Michael Rotello - Legislators Project

Mike Rotello was a politician from Rockford, Illinois who served at all levels of local and state government. A Democrat, Mike was first elected to the Rockford City Council in 1975 where he served until 1982 when he was elected Winnebago County Auditor. In 1990, Rotello was elected as State Representative for the 67th legislative district. He served two terms in the Illinois General Assembly. In 1997, Rotello switched his political party affiliation to Republican. He spent the remainder of his public career working for the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department of Commerce. Following his retirement, Rotello resides in Loves Park, Illinois.

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Abstract

Feature Excerpt

Mayor Daley and the 1976 Convention

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life and serving on the Rockford City Council, 1975-1982

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Campaign for state senator in 1982 primary, Winnebago County Auditor 1982-1991 & campaign for state rep in 1990

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

1990 State Representative campaign and serving in the IL legislature, 1991-1993

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Service in legislature, 1993-1995 and failed re-election bid; 1996 Winnebago County Board Chairman campaign and life after politics

Photos

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Mike Rotello held a fundraiser for his 1992 re-election campaign at “Michael's on Perryville” restaurant. From left are Winnebago County Sheriff Donald Gasparini, Rep. Mike Rotello; Federation of Teachers Pres. Barb Abrahamson and State Rep Zeke Giorgi.

Where:

Rockford, Illinois

When:

1992

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Mike Rotello's 1992 re-election fundraiser at "Michael's on Perryville" restaurant included Rep. Rotello and Loves Park Mayor Joe Sinkiawec.

Where:

Rockford, Illinois

When:

1992

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Mike Rotello with Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bauer, Mayor of Machesney Park, at his 1992 re-election fundraiser at "Michael's on Perryville" restaurant.

Where:

Rockford, Illinois

When:

1992

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Rotello's 1992 re-election fundraiser at "Michael's on Perryville" restaurant. From left are Jim Samorian, Winnebago Co. Democratic Party Chairman, County Board member Owsley “Ozzie” Walker, and State Rep. Mike Rotello.

Where:

Rockford, Illinois

When:

1992

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

A collection of Mike Rotello’s campaign buttons during several campaigns, 1975-1996

Where:

Rockford, Illinois

When:

1975-1996

Ownership:

ALPL Oral History Program photo

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Representative Mike Rotello’s photo that appeared in the 1993-1994 edition of the Illinois Blue Book.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1993-1994

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.



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