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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Robert
4Shaw of Chicago, who passed away on July 22, 2021; and
5    WHEREAS, Robert Shaw was born to McKinley and Gertrude
6Shaw in Hope, Arkansas on July 31, 1937; during his early
7childhood, he and his family relocated to the West Side of
8Chicago where he attended Brown Elementary School and Crane
9High School; he married Margie Shaw, and they had two sons; he
10was married to Wilmer Shaw at the time of his passing; and
11    WHEREAS, Robert Shaw had a 60 year plus career in state,
12county, and city government; along his career path, he was an
13executive with the Illinois Department of Labor, an inspector
14general for the Village of Dolton, and a commissioner of the
15Cook County Board of Review; as a commissioner, he was held in
16high regard for assisting unfairly assessed property owners in
17obtaining tax reductions; and
18    WHEREAS, Robert Shaw served as an alderman/committeeman in
19the 9th Ward for 20 years; over 100 ordinances were entered
20into the city records as a result of his efforts and work with
21fellow councilpersons; through his push for fairness and
22equity, he is credited with numerous upward mobility



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1opportunities for Black businesses at O'Hare and Midway
2Airports; and
3    WHEREAS, At age 17, Robert Shaw became a precinct captain
4under the late Ben Lewis, the first Black Alderman of the 24th
5Ward; he and his twin brother William were influential in
6supporting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fair housing
7initiative for West Side residents; he and William helped
8support and launch the careers of many, including more than 60
9judges; and
10    WHEREAS, Robert Shaw sponsored the 9th Ward's Annual Back
11to School Parade and Picnic, Thanksgiving and Christmas basket
12give-a-ways, and holiday dinners for senior residents; he made
13numerous donations to various block club activities; he and
14William established a bowling league, which fostered the
15importance of fellowship; and
16    WHEREAS, For a number of years, Robert Shaw hosted a radio
17show on WVON where he and guests gave their opinions on local
18and national issues; and
19    WHEREAS, Until a few years ago, Robert Shaw was an avid
20golfer who sponsored and attended numerous golf outings; his
21culinary expertise was known to many; he was out-spoken,
22charismatic, and jovial and always dressed in a suit; and



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1    WHEREAS, Robert Shaw committed to his faith at an early
2age, and at his passing, he was a member of the Logos Baptist
3Assembly; he deeply believed that political activism would
4help create a better community, and he believed everyone could
5make a positive contribution; and
6    WHEREAS, Robert Shaw was preceded in death by his parents;
7his brothers, Paul, Gene, Charles, and William; and his
8children, Herbert, Dexter, John, and Debra; and
9    WHEREAS, Robert Shaw is survived by his wife, Wilmer Shaw;
10his daughters, Lolita (Theodore) Cleveland and Kristen Shaw;
11his sons, Chad Hill and Brandon Roberts; his surrogate son,
12Jason Rodriguez; his godson, Justice Nathaniel Howse Jr.; his
13grandchildren, Aunalicia Lockhart, Apollo Shaw, Adonnis Shaw,
14Arasmus Shaw, Kayla (Gregory) Herot, Theodore Cleveland III,
15Terrence Cleveland, Travis Cleveland, Thirzel Cleveland, and
16Jamila Cleveland; his sister, Bobbie Brown; his
17sisters-in-law, Shirley Shaw and Deborah Green; his nineteen
18great-grandchildren; his host of great-great-grandchildren;
19his special nephew, Victor Andre Shaw; his other relatives;
20his friends; and his former 9th Ward chief of staff and Cook
21County Board of Review chief of staff and long-time pal,
22William "Bill" Lockhart; therefore, be it



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3we mourn the passing of Robert Shaw and extend our sincere
4condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved
5him; and be it further
6    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
7presented to the family of Robert Shaw as an expression of our
8deepest sympathy.