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The Honorable Paul Williams

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Frankness Is A Combination Of Honesty, Integrity and Courage

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1953
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Frankness Is A Combination Of Honesty, Integrity and Courage

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1953
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Paul Lawrence Williams, Jr. was born the youngest of three children on July 22, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois to Paul and Sarah Williams. After graduating from Lindblom High School, Williams enrolled at Chicago State University, where he interned with the Illinois General Assembly, thus starting his political career. One of his mentors was Mayor Harold Washington, who ultimately encouraged Williams to run for public office. After completing graduate work at Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois Springfield), Williams enrolled at DePaul University Law School. Williams was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1984. In 1986, Williams was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. During his tenure, Williams was instrumental in establishing the Chicago Housing Authority Police Force as well as in forming an independent Cook County Public Defender’s Office.

Voted one of the “10 Best Legislators” by Chicago Magazine, Williams has also been credited with almost single-handedly saving high school health clinics from budget cuts. From 1989 to 1992, Williams served as Assistant House Democratic Floor Leader. At the end of 1992, he returned to private practice, but remains active in politics as a lobbyist. While working in Springfield, Williams met his wife, Erma. They are the parents of two daughters. He is an active member of the NAACP as well as the Illinois, Cook County and Chicago Bar Associations.

Williams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 14, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Paul Williams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Paul Williams lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Paul Williams describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Paul Williams describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Paul Williams describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Paul Williams talks about the elementary schools he attended
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Paul Williams describes his experiences in middle school and high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Paul Williams talks about his most influential teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Paul Williams describes the culture of Chicago during his youth pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Paul Williams describes the culture of Chicago during his youth pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Paul Williams talks about attending Chicago State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Paul Williams describes his internship at Chicago State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Paul Williams describes his relationship with Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Paul Williams talks about why he ran for Illinois State Representative
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Paul Williams recalls the death of Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Paul Williams describes working with Cecil Partee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Paul Williams talks about being a mentor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Paul Williams talks about educating the youth aware on the legislative process
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Paul Williams describes how his career changed after becoming a lobbyist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Paul Williams talks about African American lobbyists in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Paul Williams talks about the possibility of re-entering Illinois' political arena
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Paul Williams talks about his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Paul Williams talks about re-entering the political arena
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Paul Williams describes the proudest moments of his political career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Paul Williams shares humorous moments from his political career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Paul Williams reflects upon his life and career