Illinois State Senator Paul Simon, 1971.

Illinois State Senator Paul Simon, 1971. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0033_0009_001

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).

Illinois State Representative Paul Simon greets a voter at a Suburban 68 event, 1968

Illinois State Representative Paul Simon greets a voter at a Suburban 68 event, 1968. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, RJD_04_01_0027_0011_006.

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.

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon speaks at a rally to re-elect Mayor Richard J. Daley, 1971

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon speaks at a rally to re-elect Mayor Richard J. Daley, 1971. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago. RJD_04_01_0033_0001_011

Paul Simon stands with Mayor Richard J. Daley at a St. Patrick's Day Parade, circa 1972

Paul Simon stands with Mayor Richard J. Daley at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, circa 1972. Photo: Laszlo Kondor. Laszlo Kondor Photograph collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. MSLASZ13_06_02_17a_r3_f23.

Paul Simon and Mayor Richard J. Daley at event to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, undated

Paul Simon and Mayor Richard J. Daley at event to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, undated. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0039_0001_046

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon at Mayor Richard J. Daley's fifth inauguration, 1971

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon at Mayor Richard J. Daley’s fifth inauguration, 1971. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0033_0006_015

Illinois State Representative Paul Simon, 1961

Illinois State Representative Paul Simon, 1961. Inscription reads, “To Mayor Daley – with thanks for his service to Chicago, our state, and our nation. Paul Simon.” Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0047_0020_001

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.

Sources consulted

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.