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The Honorable Howard A. Kenner

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cheeseburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Florida
Favorite Quote:
I Didn’t Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
12/26/1957
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cheeseburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Florida
Favorite Quote:
I Didn’t Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
12/26/1957
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Howard A. Kenner was born on December 26, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the oldest of four children of Tyrone and Emma Kenner. When Kenner was eight years old, his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother to Dallas, Texas. However, when his mother died, Kenner returned to Chicago to live with his father, who by this time was an Alderman of Chicago’s 3rd Ward. After graduating from Kenwood Academy, Kenner entered the University of Illinois, earning a degree in accounting in 1980. While working as a certified public accountant, Kenner became involved in politics, acting as the campaign treasurer for candidate Wynetta Frazier, who was running for State Representative. He then established the 3rd Ward Young Democratic Organization and became an assistant precinct captain. Kenner moved to Los Angeles, California, and after eight years there returned to Chicago and was approached about running for State Representative on the Harold Washington Party ticket. Losing the election, Kenner decided to run again as a Democrat. This time he was successful.

Kenner serves on the Committees of Appropriations-General Services, Insurance and Human Services and is the Chairperson of the State Government Administration and Government Oversight Committee. In addition to his legislative duties, Kenner continues his accounting career with the firm of Goodall, Kenner & Associates.

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

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Howard Kenner's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Howard Kenner lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Howard Kenner talks about his seniority in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Howard Kenner describes his mother's and father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Howard Kenner describes his early childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Howard Kenner describes his childhood in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Howard Kenner talks about his siblings and working as a teenager at a Dallas airport
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Howard Kenner talks about being a student in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Howard Kenner reflects upon being raised by a single mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Howard Kenner talks about returning to Chicago, Illinois as a teenager after the death of his mother in 1975
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Howard Kenner talks about working in Chicago city politics when his father was a City Alderman in the 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Howard Kenner talks about his father, Chicago Alderman Tyrone Kenner
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Howard Kenner talks about attending the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Howard Kenner describes working as an accountant before entering politics in 1980
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Howard Kenner describes what attracted him to politics in 1980
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Howard Kenner describes his political aspirations in the 1980s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Howard Kenner reflects on his father's bribery conviction in 1983
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Howard Kenner talks about the 1983 bribery conviction of his father, Alderman Tyrone Kenner
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Howard Kenner describes the investigation and conviction of his father, Alderman Tyrone Kenner, in 1983
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Howard Kenner reflects on his political career after the conviction of his father, Alderman Tyrone Kenner, in 1983
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Howard Kenner talks about his relationship with Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Howard Kenner describes his move to Los Angeles to enter the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Howard Kenner describes the musicians he worked with in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Howard Kenner describes his re-entry into Chicago politics in 1991
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Howard Kenner talks about why his work is important to the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Howard Kenner talks about African American leaders in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Howard Kenner talks about his future in politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Howard Kenner provides advice for young African Americans interested in public service