Honorable Arthur Berman

Honorable Arthur L. "Art" Berman

Saturday, May 4th, 1935 - Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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Honorable Arthur L. “Art” Berman, age 85, of Chicago, Art was a respected attorney, community leader, and one of the longest-serving State Democratic legislators in Illinois history, serving from 1969 - 2000. Having won 22 elections for public office, Art was widely recognized as “the Education Senator” for championing improved schooling for the children of Illinois as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. A lifelong resident of the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods, Art graduated from Senn High School, the University of Illinois, and Northwestern Law School, Class of 1958 where he earned a position on the Law Review. Art was a proud board member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Anti-Defamation League, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Emanuel Congregation, and numerous other civic, legal, legislative, educational, and Jewish organizations and committees. Art was a true lover of the Chicago Bears and enjoyed a competitive game of tennis. Always putting family first, Art often reflected how lucky he was to have such a wonderful life with a caring wife, terrific children, and grandchildren. Beloved husband and best friend for almost 30 years of Barbara, nee Dombeck; loving father of Adam (Robyn) Berman and Marcy (Joe) Padorr; adored “Pop Art” of Josh (Zoie) Berman, Amanda (Drew) Schwartz, Alex Berman, Jake and Jeremy Padorr; devoted son of the late Morris and the late Jean Berman; dear brother of the late David Berman and the late Steven Berman; fond brother-in-law of the late Kenny (Janice Glenn) Dombeck; treasured uncle and friend to many. Graveside service and shiva will be private. Contribution may be made to JUF, or A Silver Lining Foundation, Info: The Goldman Funeral Group, (847) 478-1600.
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    Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
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Posted at 04:44pm
It was my first real job! I worked for the Senate Democrat Communication Staff and was assigned to work for Senator Berman. I was a new graduate and pretty clueless. He was so kind to always meet with me, clearly outline what he wanted me to do, was very patient, corrected me kindly. I knew he was there for the right reasons and did so much good for his community. He will be missed.

John and Mary Lou Daley

Posted at 10:48am
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Berman family, John and Mary Lou Daley

David Fleischman

Posted at 01:19pm
I extend condolences from myself and my wife to Barbara and family. Senator Art will be missed. I worked with him on a few projects for the Men of Emanuel (Brotherhood). He acted as a speaker and panelist for programs whenever I asked and he and he volunteered and contributed for us. I remember in particular when he was a panelist for a discussion about ethics in various settings. He was always friendly, open, and ready to greet us whenever we attended functions and services at Emanuel. --David and Laurie Fleischman

Judge Wayne Rhine

Posted at 01:04pm
I first met At Berman in 1965 when he hired me right out of law school for the law firm of White White & Berman. We practiced law until I was appointed as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Art was my mentor and friend who will be sorely missed. My sincerest condolences to his family. Judge Wayne Rhine (retired]

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