Here's something I have never come across in my travels along Route 66 in Illinois, but besides Mother Jones' grave in Mt. Olive, Illinois, another labor leader had his home in Illinois, and that would be John L. Lewis, the renowned labor leader who lived at 1132 West Lawrence Avenue from 1917-1965.
Leaving school at age 15 to work in coal mines, he was soon elected president of the local chapter of the United Mine Workers (UMW) until he was blacklisted for union activities.
In 1920, he became president of the whole organization and held it for the next 40 years until he died.
May 4th, I will be following in the union tradition and riding a bus to Springfield myself, only I will be there for an Illinois Education Association rally.
Union Strong!! --RoadDog
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