Jim Frazier lived an eventful life as a restaurateur and long-time employee of Safety Kleen, with an active family of five children. His oldest, Jake Frazier, joined the Illinois Air National Guard in 1998, and was assigned to the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. In late March 2003 Jake was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan. Following Jake's death, Jim began working for Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn and met then-state senator Barack Obama, later appearing at events for the latter's 2008 presidential campaign.
Interview Excerpt (Audio)
Jim's experiences with Obama
Jim leads the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance at Obama's 2008 Election Night Rally