William Daley of Chicago (left) served as Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and as White House Chief of Staff under President Obama.
John R. Block (right) served as Illinois Director of Agriculture under Gov. James R. Thompson from 1977 and was appointed as Secretary of Agriculture by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Block has been an active supporter of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC for many years during and since he left office. Former Congresswoman Lynn Martin of Rockford at lower left was a Contessional Vice Chairman for the Illinois State Society in the 1980s and she became Secretary of Labor under President George H. W. Bush in the 1990s.
Former Illinois Congressman Edward J. Derwinski at lower right in red jacket is shown with President George H.W. Bush when Bush appoointed Derwinski as the very first Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 1991. Derwinski was from southern Cook County and he was an acive supporter of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC for almost 28 years from 1958 to 1985.
At the age of only 22, attorney John Hay of Springfield at lower left was assistant private secretary to President Lincoln. President William McKinley appointed him as Secretary of State in 1898 to negotiate the Treaty of Paris to end the Spanish-American War and he was also known for his Open Door Policy toward trade with China.
Harold Ickes of Chicago at right was an active member of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC who was appointed as Secretary of the Interior by FDR in 1933. His son was White House Chief of Staff to for President Bill Clinton in 1993.
Frank Knox at lower left was a friend of Teddy Roosevelt who served with Teddy's Rough Riders in Cuba during the Spanish-American War in 1898. In 1936, he was publisher of The Chicago Daily News when he was nominated by the Republican Party to run for Vice President with Gov. Alfred M. Landon of Kansas. When FDR needed a pro-British Republican in his cabinet, he asked Knox to become Secretary of the Navy in 1940 and Knox was on duty when Japan attacked Pearl Habor on Dec. 7, 1941.