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Joan Walters - Governor Jim Edgar Project

All it took was a little encouragement from a college professor to ignite a highly successful career in Illinois government for Joan Walters. After working on state government reorganization, she joined Governor Jim Thompson's transition team and later as a legislative liaison. In 1981, she was selected by then Secretary of State Jim Edgar to be his Chief of Staff, serving in this capacity until 1986. In 1991 she became Governor Edgar's Budget Director at a time when the state struggled to fill a $1 billion deficit. After succeeding in that, she later became the Director of Public Aid.

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Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Walter’s early life thru service as Sec. of State Jim Edgar’s COS

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Walter’s work as Governor Edgar’s Budget Director, 1991-97

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Walter’s work in reorg of DHS & as Dir. of Public Aid

Transcript

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Award of Merit to Joan E. Schilf from School District No. 144, County of Cook, State of Illinois, for 6 years as a member of the Board of Education from April 10, 1971 through April 9, 1977.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Photo of Joan Walters and Governor-elect Jim Thompson.

Where:

Chicago, IL

When:

December, 1978

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Joan Walters at a press conference announcing her appointment as the Assistant Secretary of State. Seated are Frank A. Cellini, Terry A. Scrogum and Philip S. Howe, also joining the Secretary of State staff. Photo Springfield State Journal-Register.

Where:

Unknown

When:

January, 1981

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Joan and newly appointed Secretary of State Jim Edgar in Springfield, at a press conference where he introduced his key staff (caption was added as a joke by her Secretary of State staff).

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

January 6, 1981

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Photo of Joan and newly appointed Secretary of State Jim Edgar at same occasion (caption added by my staff).

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Black and white photo of Joan Walters (close-up) with the caption of 'Well, it's in God's hands now and I hope She's listening

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.



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Digital scan of the Southern Illinoisan newspaper clipping dated January 7, 1981; Volume 92 - - No. 224 -25c a copy. Title of the paper is: 'Top-Ranked Woman in State Government is Divorcee, Former Nunnery Student.'

Where:

Unknown

When:

January 7, 1981

Ownership:

Source citation is provided

Caption

Photo of Secretary of State Jim Edgar and Joan reviewing Secretary of State Police in Springfield with Chief Dave Watson (now deceased).

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

between 1981 and 1984

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Assistant Secretary of State Joan Walters presented awards at the Illinois State Fair during Edgar's first term as Secretary of State.

Where:

Illinois State Fair

When:

circa 1982-83

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Group photo of Secretary of State Jim Edgar's staff at a holiday party in his office.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1983

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Governor-elect Jim Edgar flanked by Sally Jackson (left), appointed his Chief of Government Operations, and Joan Walters (right), appointed his director of the Bureau of the Budget.

Where:

Springfield, IL

When:

December, 1990

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Joan Walters (third from right) with Sally Jackson, Chief of Government Operations for Governor Jim Edgar (farthest right) at a 'Women in Government' conference in Rhode Island.

Where:

Rhode Island

When:

1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Governor Jim Edgar & the women on his staff. Front, l-r: Arabel Alva Rosales, Rosemary Bombella, Edna Walden, Marilee Lindley, Lynn Doherty, Susan Mogerman; Back: Joan Walters, Elena Kezelis, Diane Ford, Ellen Feldhausen, unidentified. Kelly Cunningham.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Budget Director Joan Walters goofing around with Bureau analyst Dan Callahan on his last day at the Bureau of the Budget.

Where:

Springfield, IL

When:

November, 1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Governor Jim Edgar, Legislative Director Mark Boozell and Bureau of the Budget Director Joan Walters in the Governor's Office.

Where:

Governor's Office, Springfield, Illinois

When:

July 1, 1992

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Budget Director Joan Walters making a budget presentation at a legislative briefing.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Budget Director Joan Walters with Brenda Edgar at the Executive Mansion. Uncertain of date.

Where:

Executive Mansion, Springfield, Illinois

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

From left: Felicia Norwood, Assistant to the Governor for Human Services; Carol Dew Jones; Budget Director Joan Walters; and Tom Jones at a Springfield based event.

Where:

Springfield, IL

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

House Minority Leader Lee Daniels; Felicia Norwood, Assistant to the Governor for Human Services, Budget Director Joan Walters, unknown, and Sally Jackson, Chief of Government Operations, during Edgar's administration.

Where:

Chicago, IL

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Governors State University President Paula Wolff pointing to plaque at the Grand Opening of the campus's Center for Arts and Technology.

Where:

Governors State University Center for Arts and Technology

When:

December 2, 1995

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain

Caption

Gov Jim Edgar with senior staff. Seat, l-r: Bill Roberts, Joe Khayyat, Deno Perdiou, Andy Foster, Gene Reineke, Gov Edgar, Joan Walters, Mike Lawrence, Mike McCormick. Stand, l-r: Janis Cellini, Allen Grosboll, Steve Schnorf, Tom Faulkner, Howard Peters.

Where:

Springfield, IL

When:

April 15, 1996

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Governor Jim Edgar's 50th birthday celebration at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Budget Director Joan Walters sings Happy Birthday dressed as Marilyn Monroe.

Where:

Illinois State Fairgrounds

When:

July 22, 1996

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Marilyn Monroe, aka Budget Director Joan Walters, wished happy birthday to Governor Edgar.

Where:

Illinois State Fairgrounds

When:

July 22, 1996

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Governor Edgar's press conference announcing Joan Walters as Director of the Department of Public Aid.

Where:

Springfield, IL

When:

December 4, 1997

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Governor Jim Edgar with newly appointed Public Aid Director Joan Walters (right) and her daughter, Jeanne Kitchens (left).

Where:

Unknown

When:

December 4, 1997

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Governor Jim Edgar presenting a plaque to Budget Director Joan Walters in recognition of her work on the Governor's Task Force on Human Services Reform.

Where:

Springfield, IL

When:

June 25, 1997

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.



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