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The Honorable Clark Burrus

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive
City Comptroller

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southeast Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/5/1928
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive
City Comptroller

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southeast Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/5/1928
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Clark Burrus was born in Chicago on November 5, 1928. He grew up on Chicago's south side and graduated from Englewood High School in 1946. He began studies at Texas State University before returning to Chicago to complete both a B.S.C.(1954) and a M.P.A.(1972) at Roosevelt University.

From 1954-1979, Burrus worked for the City of Chicago, and served under Mayors Martin Kennelley, Richard J. Daley, Michael Bilandic, and Jane Byrne. In 1973 he was named City Comptroller, the city's Chief Financial Officer. Under his capable supervision over Chicago's Department of Finance, the City achieved its first Double-A-Bond rating for conformance in accounting.

In 1979 Burrus entered the private sector, serving as the Senior Vice President of the First National Bank of Chicago in the Asset and Liability Management Department, a position he would hold for the next twelve years. In 1991 he was made the Vice Chairman of First Chicago Capital Markets, Inc. and co-head of the Public Banking Department.

Though he retired in 1998, Burrus remained active in Chicago's business community for many years, serving in an advisory capacity on numerous boards and committees. He acted as the Chairman for the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs - Advisory Board, and Co-Chairman for the Health Care Sub-Committee of the Cook County Citizens Budget Review Committee. In addition, he sat on the boards of directors of twelve organizations, including the Economic Development Council, The Harold Washington Foundation, and Urban Gateways. He was a member of the Union League Club of Chicago, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives' Club of Chicago, and the Mid-Day Club. He also published articles on minority issues in public finance. Burrus and his wife Lucille had one son, James.

Burrus passed away on June 17, 2015 at age 86.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Clark Burrus discusses his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Clark Burrus recalls his father Lemmie and Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Clark Burrus talks about his parents' move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Clark Burrus discusses his father's work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Clark Burrus recalls Chicago in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Clark Burrus remembers his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Clark Burrus talks about his participation in athletics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Clark Burrus recalls his elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Clark Burrus recalls his father's disciplinary technique
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Clark Burrus tells a story about receiving a punishment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Clark Burrus tells about how he avoided trouble as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Clark Burrus discusses his participation in athletics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Clark Burrus talks about his choice of college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Clark Burrus recalls a racial incident in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Clark Burrus talks about revisiting Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Clark Burrus discusses working his way through college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Clark Burrus discusses his search for a job
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Clark Burrus describes his promotions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Clark Burrus describes his roles as Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Clark Burrus talks about former Chicago mayors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Clark Burrus discusses his work with Harold Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Clark Burrus talks about the Eugene Sawyer administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Clark Burrus recalls mentoring Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Clark Burrus discusses Chicago city politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Clark Burrus recalls the Jane Byrne administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Clark Burrus discusses several former Chicago mayors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Clark Burrus talks about working in Chicago city government
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Clark Burrus discusses his role in city government
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Clark Burrus reflects on his power in city government
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Clark Burrus recalls mentoring a young African American
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Clark Burrus discusses his move into banking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Clark Burrus talks about his start at First National Bank of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Clark Burrus describes the dynamic at First National Bank of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Clark Burrus talks about working at First National Bank
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Clark Burrus describes his views on banking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Clark Burrus recalls a big move at First National Bank
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Clark Burrus discusses public life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Clark Burrus talks about East Coast banks
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Clark Burrus describes his banking career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Clark Burrus describes different types of banking
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Clark Burrus talks about changes in the banking industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Clark Burrus talks about African American banks
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Clark Burrus discusses the state of black banks
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Clark Burrus talks about black banks in Chicago
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Clark Burrus discusses his work with the Chicago School Board
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Clark Burrus talks about bailing out the Chicago School Board
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Clark Burrus discusses his term on the Chicago School Board
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Clark Burrus describes his move from the RTA to the CTA board
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Clark Burrus recalls a scandal at the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Clark Burrus discusses an incident at the CTA
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Clark Burrus discusses his financial work in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Clark Burrus discusses his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Clark Burrus talks about black employment
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Clark Burrus discusses the lack of black-owned businesses
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Clark Burrus discusses black culture and business
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Clark Burrus talks about black income versus capital
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Clark Burrus discusses his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Clark Burrus talks about his parents and his success
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Photo - Clark Burrus in his office at First National Bank of Chicago
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Photo - Clark Burrus is crowned king of the DuSable Museum Carnival
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Photo - Clark Burrus and entertainer, Danny Thomas
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Photo - Clark Burrus giving a speech
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Photo - Clark Burrus, Illinois State's Attorney Dick Devine, and John Schmidt
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Photo - Clark Burrus with other Chicago politicians on a golf outing
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Photo - Clark Burrus with other Chicago-area businessmen on a golf outing
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Photo - Clark Burrus with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and an unidentified man
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Photo - Clark Burrus with Mayor Harold Washington and John Stroger
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Photo - Clark Burrus, Mayor Michael Bilandic and colleagues from the City of Chicago
  • Tape: 9 Story: 11 - Photo - Clark Burrus and colleagues from the City of Chicago
  • Tape: 9 Story: 12 - Photo - Clark Burrus in his college graduation portrait
  • Tape: 9 Story: 13 - Photo - Clark Burrus and wife Lucille at Michael Bilandic's wedding
  • Tape: 9 Story: 14 - Photo - Clark Burrus on the cover of 'Dollars and Sense' magazine
  • Tape: 9 Story: 15 - Photo - Clark Burrus and Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney Cecil Partee
  • Tape: 9 Story: 16 - Photo - Clark Burrus with his wife celebrating the 25th anniversary with the City of Chicago
  • Tape: 9 Story: 17 - Photo - A newspaper clipping featuring Clark Burrus, Dr. Ruth Love and Richard Thomas
  • Tape: 9 Story: 18 - Photo - Clark Burrus in a clipping announcing his appointment to a national finance post, ca. 1973
  • Tape: 9 Story: 19 - Photo - Drawing of Clark Burrus in an advertisement for First National Bank of Chicago
  • Tape: 9 Story: 20 - Photo - Clark Burrus, his wife and his assistant at the Carnival Ball held at the DuSable Museum, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1988
  • Tape: 9 Story: 21 - Photo - Jewel Lafontant MANkarious and son John Rogers at a Carnival Ball at the DuSable Museum, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1988
  • Tape: 9 Story: 22 - Photo - Jewel Lafontant MANkarious and Clark Burrus at a Carnival Ball at the DuSable Museum, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1988.
  • Tape: 9 Story: 23 - Photo - Drawings of Clark Burrus and others in an advertisement for First National Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1981