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Dave Luechtefeld - Legislators Project

Senator Dave Luechtefeld grew up on a dairy farm outside Okawville, Illinois, and because of his 6 ft 7 in frame and basketball skills he earned a full sports scholarship to St. Louis University. He returned to Okawville to begin a very successful teaching and coaching career, especially in basketball, with multiple trips to the state finals. Following his retirement at 57, he then became an Illinois State Senator in 1995, serving as a Republican in a toss-up district for twenty-one years until his retirement from the senate in 2016.

Interview Links

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Feature Excerpt

Blago Sports Trivia

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Growing up on a dairy farm near Okawville, Illinois

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Teaching and coaching career at Okawville High School

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Battling cancer and early Illinois Senate career

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

The Jim Edgar, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich administrations

Interview Session 05 (Audio)

Blagojevich impeachment and memories of IL state Senator Obama

Interview Session 06 (Audio)

The Governors Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner administrations

Photos

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Dave Luechtefeld was just four years old when this photo was taken in 1944. The family was living in Chester, Illinois at the time.

Where:

Chester, Illinois

When:

1944

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Coach Rich Herrin had his picture taken in the Okawville High School gym with the three Luechtefeld brothers, Dave, Stanley and Gerald, who all played on the Okawville High School’s 1958 basketball team.

Where:

Okawville

When:

1958

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Okawville High School’s 1958 senior team, coached by Rich Herren, included Stan Luechtefeld (#24), Dave Luechtefeld (#44), Norman Vogt (#14), Herb Dingwerth (#32), Milton Froeste (#22) and Lloyd Karmeier (#42).

Where:

Okawville

When:

1958

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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St. Louis University’s freshman basketball players in 1959 included, in front: George Latinovisch, Don Spencer and Tom Book. In back: Tom Kieffer, Dave Luechtefeld, Rich Sanders and Bart Basola.

Where:

St. Louis

When:

1959

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Gov. Richard Ogilvie with Okawville’s 1970 Team in Champaign. [L-R]: Asst. Coach Mike McClure, Cheryl McClure, Supt. Of Public Inst. Ray Page, Ogilvie, Gail Wolf, Flo Luechtefeld, Hadley Hasheider and coach Dave Luechtefeld.

Where:

Champaign, Illinois

When:

1970

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Coach Luechtefeld’s 1970 Okawville HS basketball team won their super-sectional at Carbondale, Illinois before finally losing to a much larger school. Standouts included #35 Jim Schrader, #53 Gail Wolf, #31 Bill Winkelman and #25 Hadley Hasheider.

Where:

Carbondale, Illinois

When:

1970

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Coach Luechtefeld’s 1987 basketball team celebrates after beating Pinkneyville in that year’s Sectional Tournament. They were eventually beaten in the championship game to win 2nd in the state. Dave’s son Jeff is the player leaning over.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1987

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Coach Luechtefeld’s 1987 baseball team got to play in St. Louis’s Busch Stadium, beating Breese six to two. Dave’s son Jeff is #16, and assistant coach Mike Smith is on the left. Luechtefeld knew Cardinals legends Whitey Herzog and Red Schoendienst.

Where:

St. Louis

When:

1987

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Dave’s father Sydney and his brother Gerald were at his swearing in ceremony, which was held in the Okawville High School gym in September 1995.

Where:

Okawville, Illinois

When:

September 1995

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Narrator's Photo

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Dave Luechtefeld is sworn in as an Illinois state legislator in September 1995. Circuit Judge Karmeier, Dave’s life-long friend, did the honors, with Flo in the background.

Where:

Okawville, Illinois

When:

September 1995

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David Luechtefeld introduced one of his first bills in 1995 in the Capitol’s Blue Room, with Gov. Jim Edgar lending his support.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1995

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Newly sworn in Senator Luechtefeld spoke following his swearing in ceremony in September 1995. He chose to hold the ceremony in the Okawville HS gym and invited the students from his district for one last civics lesson from their former teacher.

Where:

Okawville, Illinois

When:

September 1995

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Representative John Shimkus attended Senator Luechtefeld’s swearing in ceremony in the Okawville High School in September 1995.

Where:

Okawville, Illinois

When:

September 1995

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Representative John Shimkus attended Senator Luechtefeld’s swearing in ceremony in the Okawville High School in September 1995.

Where:

Okawville, Illinois

When:

September 1995

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Senator Luechtefeld toured Menard Prison with Warden Ray Page and Odie Washington, Director of Correction, in 1996.

Where:

Chester, Illinois

When:

1996

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Senators Frank Watson and Dave Luechtefeld on floor of the Senate in 1996.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1996

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Narrator's Photo

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Senator Luechtefeld watched as Gov. Jim Edgar signed documents establishing the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale IL, in 1996. Also present were the Pres. of SIU, Paul Simon, Bill Brady, Mike Bost, and Mike Lawrence.

Where:

Carbondale IL

When:

1996

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Luechtefeld used this flyer of himself and Flo at their kitchen table during his 1998 campaign.

Where:

DuQuoin, Illinois

When:

1998

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Narrator's Photo

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“Legislator still king of the courts” read the headline for an article in the January 30, 2000 edition of the Chicago Tribune. His team was competing in the Breese Mater Dei Holiday Tournament at the time.

Where:

Unknown

When:

January 30, 2000

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Dave and Flo Luechtefeld met with Governor George and Lura Lynn (next to Dave) Ryan at the Du Quion Fairgrounds, circa 2000.

Where:

DuQuoin, Illinois

When:

2000

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Senator Luechtefeld met President George W. Bush during the president’s visit to Edwardsville Illinois in 2004.

Where:

Edwardsville Illinois

When:

2004

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Senator Luechtefeld’s son Ryan and wife Alicia, with their first daughter Madison, joined the senator on the floor of the Senate in 2004.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

2004

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Narrator's Photo

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Flo and Dave Luechtefeld met with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich during a Senator Bill Brady fund raiser in St. Louis when Senator Brady ran for Governor, circa 2006.

Where:

St. Louis

When:

2006

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Senator Bill Brady, Flo, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Dave take time out for a photo during Huckabee’s run for President, circa 2012. A fund raiser for Huckabee was held in O’Fallen, Illinois.

Where:

O’Fallen, Illinois

When:

circa 2012

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During the opening session of the Illinois Senate in January 2007, David’s granddaughter Sydney fell asleep in his lap. Next to him is his granddaughter Casean Tebbe. Senator Bill Brady is on the right and Dale Ryder can be seen in the back.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

January 2007

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Narrator's Photo

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President Barack Obama made a special trip back to Springfield to speak to the Illinois legislature on February 10. 2016. Following that speech he asked to meet with Republican Senators [L-R] Brady, Severson, Radogno, Althoff and Luechtefeld.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

February 10. 2016

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.



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