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The Honorable Arthur Turner

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
It is a hard life, but you can make it.

Birthplace

Born:
12/2/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
It is a hard life, but you can make it.

Birthplace

Born:
12/2/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Arthur L. Turner was born on December 2, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois to Catherine and Joe Turner. He attended St. Mel High School. Upon graduation, Turner received a scholarship to West Point, but instead attended St. Joseph’s College for one year. Turner transferred to Illinois State University, where he received his B.A. degree in business administration. After graduation, Turner found a position as an investigator with the Cook County States Attorney’s office. In the eight years he worked there, he handled cases involving consumer fraud, gradually expanding to include vice (gambling, prostitution and narcotics). By 1980, Turner was looking for a career change.

When State Representative Jesse Madison retired in 1978, Turner ran for his seat, losing by 800 votes. He was successful two years later, and, at age thirty, Turner became the youngest member of the Illinois General Assembly. Turner ran for a second term in 1982, but was defeated. However, he remained active in politics during this period by working on the Chicago mayoral campaign of Harold Washington. After three months away from Springfield, Turner was appointed to fill a vacancy in the 10th Legislative District.

Since his return to the Illinois General Assembly, Turner has served in several capacities, including Chairman of the Housing Committee and the Vice-Chairman of the Higher Education Committee. He is known as the “Father of the Affordable Housing Trust Funds Law,” a bill that he sponsored and helped pass. He continues to serve as the Deputy Democratic Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Turner and his wife, Rosalyn, are the parents of two sons, Arthur Jr. and Aaron. He is affiliated with the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, the Boy Scouts of America and other organizations. In addition, he found the time to return to college, earning his Masters degree from Lewis University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Arthur Turner's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Arthur Turner remembers his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Arthur Turner relates some family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Arthur Turner discusses initialisms and other names in his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Arthur Turner recalls summer visits to the South
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Arthur Turner talks about the importance of creating a stable home environment for children
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Arthur Turner describes growing up in Lawndale, Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Arthur Turner recalls his high school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Arthur Turner recalls his church activities as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Arthur Turner talks about his siblings and his close-knit family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Arther Turner remembers his early career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Arthur Turner recounts his transition from St. Joseph's to Illinois State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Arthur Turner recalls his post-college career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Arther Turner explains how he became involved in politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Arthur Turner recalls replacing his predecessor, Jesse Madison
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Arthur Turner recounts his early legislative experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Arthur Turner remembers losing and regaining his seat in the Illinois' General Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Arthur Turner explains why he admired Harold Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Arthur Turner reflects on his twenty years in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Arthur Turner considers his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Arthur Turner discusses the contributions of Illinois African American politicians
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Arthur Turner discusses his legacy as a legislator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Arthur Turner reflects on the importance of education for African Americans