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The Honorable Calvin Giles

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian, Mexican, Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Birthplace

Born:
7/10/1962
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian, Mexican, Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Birthplace

Born:
7/10/1962
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Calvin Lamont Giles was born on July 10, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Betty, was a stewardess, and his father, Louis, was active in the Civil Rights Movement. Giles attended Resurrection Grade School and Holy Trinity High School. He became involved with local Chicago politics at an early age by working in the office of his uncle, Percy Giles, Alderman of Chicago’s 37th Ward. While working for his uncle, Giles had the opportunity to work on the mayoral campaign of Harold Washington.

In 1993, Giles was appointed to the Illinois House of Representatives, replacing the deceased Robert LeFlore. He was elected to the same office the following year. He co-sponsored a bill to appropriate $10 million toward the construction of a new library in Oak Park, Illinois. He serves as Chairperson of the Committee on Local Government and as a member of the Committees on Aging and Elementary & Secondary Education. He is also active with the Young Democrats of Illinois.

Married, Giles has received several awards, including “Legislator of the Year,” presented by the 37th Ward Organization, as well as awards of appreciation from Chicago State University and the Chicago Teachers Union.

Giles was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 9, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Calvin Giles' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Calvin Giles lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Calvin Giles talks about his mother's life and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Calvin Giles talks about his father and how he takes after him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Calvin Giles shares a strong childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Calvin Giles describes his aspirations as a young man
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Calvin Giles talks about his family and his early interest in politics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Calvin Giles talks about the influence of his uncle, Alderman Percy Giles, and Mayor Harold Washington pt 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Calvin Giles talks about the influence of his uncle, Alderman Percy Giles, and Mayor Harold Washington pt 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Calvin Giles talks about his mentors and his political philosophy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Calvin Giles talks his goals for his community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Calvin Giles reflects on the qualities of a public servant
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Calvin Giles talks about educating young people about the political process
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Calvin Giles talks about himself as a political leader
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Calvin Giles describes his desires for the African American Community