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Emil Jones

Updated on November 19, 2012

Emil Jones: Illinois Leader

Retired Illinois Senate President Emil Jones was one of the trailblazers in African-American politics in the state of Illinois. A particular advocate for education and criminal justice reform, Emil Jones was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1973 until 1983 before moving to the Illinois Senate from 1983 to 2009. He retired in January of 2009.

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