Jim Edgar served as Governor Jim Thompson's legislative liaison from 1979 to 1980. Following the 1980 election, Governor Thompson appointed Edgar to serve as Secretary of State, the position vacated by Alan Dixon, who was headed to the U.S. Senate. For the next ten years of the Thompson administration Edgar served as Secretary of State, winning two elections and implementing significant legislation, including DUI laws and driver’s insurance legislation.
It's Your Turn
Interview Session 06 (Audio)
Edgar’s years as Gov. Thompson’s legislative liaison, 1979-1980
Interview Session 07 (Audio)
Edgar’s Secretary of State years, 1981-1982
Interview Session 08 (Audio)
Secretary of State years, cont. 1983-1990
Jim is watching Governor Thompson certifying his election during his squeaker in 1982. This was taken in the Governor’s office.
Gov. Thompson, daughter Samantha, George Ryan, Sec Edgar and the Head of the Polish National Alliance walking in the Poland Constitution Day Parade in 1985.