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Democrat Howard W. Carroll was born in Chicago in 1942. His father was a Democratic Party operative, and good friends with long-time Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley. Carroll earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Roosevelt University and his JD from the DePaul University School of Law.
This button is from Carroll’s 1998 campaign for Illinois' 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Carroll lost the primary election to eventual winner Jan Schakowsky. Prior to his 1998 congressional run, Carroll served for 26 years as a state Senator in the Illinois General Assembly. Carroll was considered the “insider” in the 1998 congressional election due to his extended service in the Illinois state government, as well as his family’s connection to Chicago's Democratic "machine."