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The Honorable Terry Hillard

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Police Superintendent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sun Valley, Idaho
Favorite Quote:
Doggone-it.

Birthplace

Born:
8/11/1943
Birth Location:
South Fulton, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Police Superintendent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sun Valley, Idaho
Favorite Quote:
Doggone-it.

Birthplace

Born:
8/11/1943
Birth Location:
South Fulton
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Biography

Former Chicago police superintendent Terry G. Hillard was born on August 11, 1943 in South Fulton, Tennessee. One of ten children, Hillard’s family moved to Chicago when he was still young. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1963 and served in Vietnam for thirteen months where he was awarded four medals and a Presidential Unit citation. After returning to Chicago in 1968, Hillard entered the Chicago Police Training Academy. He also attended Chicago’s Loop Junior College where he earned his A.A. degree. He went on to receive his B.S. and M.S. degrees in corrections from Chicago State University in 1976 and 1978, respectively.

Hillard worked his way through the police ranks, becoming a patrol officer after Police Training Academy. He then served as a gang crimes specialist and was shot twice in the line of duty. In 1979, Hillard was chosen to be a member of the Mayoral Executive Security Detail and served under Chicago Mayors Jane M. Byrne and Harold Washington. He was later promoted to Intelligence Division Sergeant, 6th District commander, and became Chicago’s first African American chief of detectives. He then became coordinator of the Chicago Terrorist Task Force. He was serving as lieutenant in gang crimes and narcotics when Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed him as the police superintendent for the city of Chicago where he served for five years before retiring. In 2004, he co-founded and became partner at Hillard Heintze.

Hillard has received several awards for his courage in the police force including the Blue Star Award, the Police Medal, and the Superintendent’s Award of Valor. He holds Honorary Doctoral degrees from Lewis University, Saint Xavier University, and Calumet College of Saint Joseph. In 2005, he contributed to the book Chicago Police: An Inside View – The Story of Superintendent Terry G. Hillard, written about his leadership in the Chicago Police Department.

Hillard lives with his wife Dorothy and their two children, Terri Lee and Dana.

Terry Hillard was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 24, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Terry Hillard lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls his neighborhood in South Fulton, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes his stepfather's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes his birth father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls his stepfather's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers how his mother and stepfather met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers segregation in South Fulton, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls the baseball teams of his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers the Hopkins Restaurant and Cafe
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers his second grade teacher, Miss Mason
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers playing basketball in South Fulton, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls camping at Kentucky Lake
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes his first impressions of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes his neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers the DuSable High School basketball team
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers his family's first television set
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers Sylvester Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers Robert M. Harness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers Wendell Phillips Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls men's fashion styles on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls his suspension from Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls selling Chicago American newspapers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls working for the NAACP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers his arrest at Rainbow Beach Park in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers Reverend Joseph H. Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls leaving his family's home
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Terry Hillard reflects upon his experience with the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls his decision to join the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers the Vietnam War, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers the Vietnam War, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls racial discrimination in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers the protests against the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes his challenges in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls his decision to enroll in the Chicago Police Academy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls racial discrimination in the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers working for the Chicago Transit Authority
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Terry Hillard describes his training at the Chicago Police Academy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls his white police partner
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers the leaders of the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls being assigned to the Area Two Task Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Terry Hillard recalls policing the Burnside neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Terry Hillard remembers Loop Junior College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Terry Hillard talks about his wife