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The Honorable William E. Shaw

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Dark Colors
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
All the Time
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
Those Who Seek Power By Riding The Back Of The Tiger Wind Up Inside.

Birthplace

Born:
7/31/1937
Birth Location:
Fulton, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Dark Colors
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
All the Time
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
Those Who Seek Power By Riding The Back Of The Tiger Wind Up Inside.

Birthplace

Born:
7/31/1937
Birth Location:
Fulton
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Biography

William Shaw was born on July 31, 1937, in Fulton, Arkansas. As a child, Shaw moved to St. Louis, Missouri with his family. As a teenager, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he attended Crane High School. Initially pursuing a career in boxing, Shaw suffered a humiliating defeat in the ring. He then chose a political career instead.

One of his first jobs in politics was as an assistant to Alderman Wilson Frost of Chicago’s 34th Ward. In 1982, Shaw was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, as a democrat, where he served for ten years. He was then elected to the Illinois Senate in 1993. During his two decades in the Illinois General Assembly, Shaw served as a member of the Senate Energy & Environment Committee and the Task Force on Electric Deregulation. As a member of the Senate Local Government Committee, Shaw was instrumental in the redevelopment of the Historic Pullman District on Chicago’s South Side.

In 1997, Shaw was elected Mayor of the City of Dolton, Illinois, while maintaining his senatorial position in Springfield. Shaw has been an ardent supporter of worker’s rights legislation. He has also been instrumental in promoting legislation that would guarantee a minimum of $4,225 to be spent on the education of each child in Illinois.

Shaw is married and the father of three children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William Shaw's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Shaw lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Shaw describes his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Shaw talks about growing up in Hope, Arkansas, St. Louis, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Shaw talks about becoming interested in politics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Shaw describes his duties as Mayor of Dolton, Illinois and as an Illinois State Senator
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Shaw describes his work on the redevelopment of Chicago's Pullman District
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Shaw talks about his parents' influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William Shaw talks about his experience with the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William Shaw describes his committee involvement in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - William Shaw talks about his political influences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - William Shaw talks about his future plans in Illinois politics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - William Shaw reflects on how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - William Shaw reflects on his legislative accomplishments