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General Information

Name:  James W Graham  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: 1956 in Joliet, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Born in Joliet, Graham's parents moved their family to Ottawa, Illinois, during his teenage years. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees at Drake University in Iowa, Graham retured to Illinois in 1979 to work for the Illinois House of Representatives as a communications assistant, writing speeches and press releases. He later worked for Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jim Edgar, and continued to work for him when he became governor in 1991. By then Graham had moved to Chicago and then Wilmette, Illinois, where he has lived since 1991. In the late 1990s Graham went to work as a communictions consultant to corporate and not-for-profit organizations, and in 2012 went to work for Walgreens in their corporate headquarters in Deerfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

A 1978 graduate of Drake University, where he also earned a masters degree, James W Graham worked on the staff of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1979-1983. He then worked for many years for Jim Edgar, Illinois Secretary of State, and continued working for him after he was elected governor in 1990. Edgar appointed Graham a deputy director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs in the 1990s. Graham later worked as public relations consultant to major corporations and not-for-profit groups. Most recently he works for Walgreen Co. in Deerfield.

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