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The Honorable Sylvester Rhem

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beef Stew
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
A Good Rep Don't Get Wet.

Birthplace

Born:
11/19/1929
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beef Stew
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
A Good Rep Don't Get Wet.

Birthplace

Born:
11/19/1929
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Sylvester O. Rhem was born on November 19, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from Englewood High School in 1948, Rhem embarked upon a career as a mail carrier with the United States Post Office. In 1956, Rhem joined the Chicago Police Department, working in the Vice, Burglary and Task Force Units. He remained with the police department until 1965, when he accepted a position with the Urban Progress Center, a social service organization. During this time, Rhem earned a degree in public administration from DePaul University.

In 1976, Rhem joined the staff of the Department of Human Services for the City of Chicago. He remained with the department until 1984. While there, he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, where he served from 1981 to 1985. While in the state legislature, Rhem worked with commissions that dealt with the issues of rape, veteran’s affairs and insurance, serving as Vice-Chairman for the latter.

He retired from public service in 1985, and is currently a management consultant with A.J. Rhem and Associates, a technology services consulting firm. He has continued to be active in many organizations, including the Greater North Michigan Avenue Businessmen’s Association, the Chicago Patrolmen’s Association, the Greater Boy Scouts of America and the Knights of Peter Claver. He and his wife are the parents of one son. In addition, they have four grandchildren and four great-grand children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sylvester Rhem's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sylvester Rhem lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sylvester Rhem describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sylvester Rhem shares memories about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sylvester Rhem shares memories about his step-father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sylvester Rhem shares memories of his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sylvester Rhem talks about his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sylvester Rhem describes childhood experiences in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sylvester Rhem talks about his elementary school and his favorite teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sylvester Rhem describes people who influenced his career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sylvester Rhem talks about courting his future wife
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Sylvester Rhem explains why he did not pursue his interest in electrical engineering
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Sylvester Rhem describes his first job and subsequent career path
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Sylvester Rhem describes his developing political interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Sylvester Rhem describes his first bill in the Illinois General Assembly in 1981
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Sylvester Rhem describes his experience as an Illinois State Representative
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Sylvester Rhem describes legislation he introduced to legalize casinos in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sylvester Rhem describes the legislation he introduced to legalize casinos in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sylvester Rhem talks about subsequent legislation approving casinos in Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sylvester Rhem describes his experience as a Chicago police officer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sylvester Rhem describes his political interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sylvester Rhem talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sylvester Rhem provides messages for students
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sylvester Rhem speaks to apathetic non-voters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sylvester talks about becoming a Chicago, Illinois police officer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sylvester Rhem describes the experiences of African Americans police officers in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sylvester Rhem reflects on the quality of his life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Sylvester Rhem describes the importance of civics education