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The Honorable Jesse Madison

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Black-Eyed Peas
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good All The Time.

Birthplace

Born:
1/1/1939
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Black-Eyed Peas
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good All The Time.

Birthplace

Born:
1/1/1939
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Jesse Donald Madison was born on January 1, 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee to Mildred and Walter Madison. He graduated from Manassas High School in 1956 and moved to Chicago, Illinois to continue his education. Initially attending Wilson Junior College (now Kennedy-King), Madison soon transferred to Roosevelt University, where he received his B.A. degree in business administration. While in college, Madison married Frances Thornton. An accountant by occupation, Madison spent ten years in this field, rising to the position of Senior Accountant with the Maremont Corporation. While serving as Deputy Director of the Chicago Economic Development Corporation, Madison launched his political career by being elected in 1974 to the Illinois House of Representatives. During Madison’s two terms in Springfield, he supported and helped pass the Public Aid Appropriations Bill, the Adult Education Bill and others. In 1976, he was voted the “Best Legislator” by the Independent Voters of Illinois.

Madison left the Illinois General Assembly at the end of 1978 and was hired by the Urban League to act as Vice-President of Finance and Administration. However, when Harold Washington decided to run for Mayor of Chicago, he asked Madison to join his campaign staff. Under Washington’s leadership, Madison served as Commissioner of Consumer Services for three years. He was also Commissioner of the Chicago Park District, where he remained until Richard M. Daley became Mayor.

Since leaving city government, Madison served as the President and CEO of the Abraham Lincoln Center, a social service organization. He was also involved in many civic organizations, including the African American Family Commission, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Child Welfare Advisory Council.

Madison passed away on August 8, 2014, at the age of 75. He and his wife had two daughters, Tracey and Lynn, and two grandchildren.

Jesse Madison was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 21, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jesse Madison's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jesse Madison lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jesse Madison describes his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jesse Madison shares his early childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jesse Madison describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jesse Madison describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jesse Madison shares memories of his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jesse Madison describes his experience at Carnes Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jesse Madison describes himself as a mischievous child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jesse Madison talks about Manassas High School and his first kiss
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jesse Madison describes his favorite teacher in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jesse Madison talks about being eligible to graduate high school early, but staying in school for his senior year
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jesse Madison describes his experience attending Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee, pt 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jesse Madison describes his experience attending Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee, pt 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jesse Madison remembers being denied a scholarship to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jesse Madison talks about his marriage and attending Chicago's Wilson Junior College and Roosevelt University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jesse Madison describes becoming involved in politics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jesse Madison talks about running for the Illinois General Assembly in 1972 and 1974
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jesse Madison describes the polling and voting system in Chicago, Illinois, before the Shakman Decree in 1972
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jesse Madison describes his campaign for the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jesse Madison remembers leaving his position at the Chicago Urban League to join Mayor Harold Washington's 1983 campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jesse Madison describes his appointment as the Commissioner of the Chicago Park District under Mayor Harold Washington's administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jesse Madison talks about his service as a Commissioner of the Chicago Park District
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jesse Madison talks about his experience serving in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jesse Madison remembers his biggest campaign loss in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jesse Madison talks about the different political camps of African American legislators in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jesse Madison describes the effect of the Shakman Decree in 1972
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jesse Madison talks about Illinois' dirty politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jesse Madison talks about working at Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jesse Madison reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jesse Madison talks about his children and grandchildren
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jesse Madison gives advice to young people interested in politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jesse Madison talks about working on the Equal Rights Amendment in the Illinois General Assembly