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House Resolution Recognizes Tom Roeser

Chicago Daily Observer 31 May 2011 No Comment

HOUSE RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Tom
Roeser; and

WHEREAS, Tom Roeser was born in Evanston in 1928; he was a
graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota;
and

WHEREAS, Tom Roeser began his career covering politics in
Minnesota, where he became a research-publicist for the
Minnesota Republican Party; he subsequently served as an aide
to two United States congressmen and a governor; he later
returned to Chicago to launch the Quaker Oats Company’s
government relations department in 1964 and continued his
education with post-graduate studies at DePaul and Loyola
Universities; and

WHEREAS, In 1964, Tom Roeser was named manager-public
affairs for the Quaker Oats Company; he was then promoted to
Director of Public Affairs in 1966, serving in that capacity
until 1969; he left Quaker temporarily to assume a role in the
federal government as assistant to the Secretary of Commerce
for Minority Enterprise from 1969 to 1970; he then recommended
the abolition of his own agency, which was a controversial
challenge to the permanent bureaucracy, and was reassigned as
Director of Public Affairs for the Peace Corps, where he served
as a foreign service officer from 1970 to 1971; and

WHEREAS, In 1971, Tom Roeser returned to the Quaker Oats
Company, where he served as vice president of government
relations until his retirement in 1991; he subsequently
established the firm of Thomas F. Roeser and Associates, where
he represented a variety of clients in government relations; in
2007, he formed the Chicago Daily Observer, the city’s first
internet-based five-day a week newspaper; and

WHEREAS, In 1994, Tom Roeser joined WLS Radio and became
the host of “The Tom Roeser Show”; he quickly became a valued
member of the WLS on-air lineup; he was heard primarily in his
regular Sunday night slot, where listeners could participate in
his radio ‘plebiscites’, weighing in on the political issues of
the past week, and look forward to the week ahead; and

WHEREAS, Tom Roeser was a senior correspondent and talk
show host for Catholic Family Radio, a network with outlets in
Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee; he
was also an occasional commentator on “Chicago Tonight” on
WTTW-TV; and

WHEREAS, Tom Roeser was a member of the American Federation of Television and the Radio Artists AFL-CIO; and

WHEREAS, Tom Roeser is survived by his wife, Lillian, and
his children, Tom Jr., Michael, Mary Catherine, and Jeanne;
therefore, be it

RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
NINETY-SEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that
we mourn, along with his family and friends, the passing of Tom
Roeser; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
presented to the family of Tom Roeser as an expression of our
sympathy.

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