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Mary Lee Leahy - General Interest

Springfield attorney Mary Lee Leahy has spent her life in the public eye, helping to successfully litigate the Pickering v Board of Education Supreme Court case in the 1960s before serving as a delegate to the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention. She served in the Dan Walker administration, and in 1990 successfully presented the Rutan v Republican Party of Illinois case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Interview Links

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Pickering Supreme Court case

Interview Session 2 (Audio)

1970 Constitutional Convention

Interview Session 3 (Audio)

Rutan v IL Republican Party Supreme Court case

Interview Session 4 (Audio)

Service on Advisory Bd for Gov Rod Blagojevich’s transition team

Transcript

Interviews #1 through #3

Transcript

Interview 4

Related Materials

See also the Dan Walker interview on political corruption in Illinois.


See also the Michael Shakman interview on political corruption in Illinois.


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Mary Lee’s Aunt Rose Marie Comerford, grand uncle George Comerford and baby Mary Lee Cullen.

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Mary Lee’s first communion, with her mother Eva, younger sister Maggie, Mary Lee, and father Henry Lee Cullen.

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Sister Maggie and Mary Lee when she was in 8th grade in 1954.

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1954

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Mary Lee in 1957 for her high school prom at the Maywood Academy.

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1957

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Wedding portrait from December 1964.

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1964

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Mary graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in June, 1966.

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June, 1966

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Mary Lee with her second daughter, Brigid, born in 1967.

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1967

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Mary Lee with her first daughter, Anna, born in 1965.

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1965

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Mary Lee and Andy Leahy, circa 1973.

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circa 1973

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The family on vacation at Door County, Wisconsin in August 1971. Brigid and Anna in front, with Andy and Mary Lee.

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August, 1971

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Article and Photo taken from Saturday Evening Post, March 24th, 1962.

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March 24th, 1962

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Closeup of article from Saturday Evening Post, March 24th 1962.

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March 24th 1962

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Marvin Pickering on the day he went back to work. He was let go in 1964 for being critical of the school board. The June 1968, 9-0 ruling in his favor.

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June, 1968

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Coffee with Mike Shakman (Pictured left to right are John Chico, two fellow candidate for the Constitutional Convention, Mary Lee Leahy and Mike Shakman).

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Mary Lee speaking at the Constitutional Convention, Spring 1970.

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Spring, 1970

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Mary Lee signs Constitution with an Anna next to her. ~ Aug/Sept of 1970.

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Aug/Sept of 1970

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Mary Lee in 1971 running for Alderman, her mother was happy she lost.

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1971

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Gov. Walker at Mary Lee’s house with her parents in Springfield in 1973.

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Springfield, Illinois

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1973

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Photo used in campaign literature in Nov 18th, 1969 – Andrew Joseph with kids.

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Nov 18th, 1969

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Mary Lee steps down as DCFS director in 1977. Her husband is on the left, Don Schlosser, Communications Director is on the right.

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1977

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Official DCFS photo, February 1 or 2, 1977.

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February 1 or 2, 1977

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Walkers at the Leahy Home (L to R), Mother, Father, Roberta, Dan, Mary Lee, Anna & Russ Dawes (Head of Mines and Minerals).

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Mary Lee and Andy’s home in rural Menard County, a former Presbyterian School

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rural Menard County

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Mary Lee’s 60th Birthday, with Len Despres, independent alderman.

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Photo of the plaintiff’s team for the Rutan case outside the U.S. Supreme Court: (L to R) Kathryn Eisenhart, Cheryl Jannsen, Cynthia Rutan, Mary Lee, Mike Berz, Dick Johnson. January, 1990.

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January, 1990

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Mary Lee Leahy in her office in a recent photograph.

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The Chicago Sun-Times front page from November 1st, 1971, the day Dan Walker completed his famous walk across Illinois.

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November 1st, 1971

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A sample of the form used to screen employees for party allegiance before the decision of Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois.

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Leahy represented Chicago liberals Billy Singer and Jesse Jackson in a 1972 lawsuit challenging Richard J. Daley’s Democratic Convention delegation. The Chicago Tribune announced the results with a banner headline.

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1972

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