Paul Simon (1928-2003) held a number of public offices during his long political career. He was member of the Illinois House of Representatives, (1955-1963), an Illinois State Senator (1965-1969), Illinois Lieutenant Governor (1969-1973), member of the United States House of Representatives (1975-1985), and United States Senator (1985-1997).
During his time in the Illinois General Assembly, Simon sometimes voted differently from how Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley asked his fellow Illinois Democrats to vote. That practice earned Simon the reputation as an “independent Democrat.” He later recalled that
reporters often dubbed me an “anti-Daley Democrat.” I had no such goal. I simply voted for what I believed to be in the public interest, flawed as my judgment occasionally was, and sometimes that meant voting against the wishes of the Chicago mayor. That probably put me on his side 90 percent of the time….
Paul Simon, review of American Pharaoh Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation, p. 124-5, 2001.
Despite the occasional differences, Simon and Daley collaborated often in public celebrations and campaign events.
The Richard J. Daley collection also contains a number of documents that relate to Simon. To learn more about using that collection, see UIC Library’s research guide for the Daley Family collections.
Long, Ray. “A Legacy of Honesty and Dignity,” Chicago Tribune, December 10, 2003.
Simon, Paul. Review of American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation, by Adam Cohen and Elizabeth Taylor. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 94, (spring 2001): 124-7.
“U.S. Senator Paul Simon.” Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. <https://paulsimoninstitute.siu.edu/about/senator-paul-simon.php>. Accessed June 12, 2020.