Joan Patricia Murphy

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Joan Patricia Murphy
Member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners from the 6th District
In office
December 2002 (2002-12) – September 18, 2016 (2016-09-18)
Preceded by William Moran
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born Joan Patricia O'Malley
South Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died (aged 79)
Crestwood, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Massachusetts

Joan Patricia Murphy (née O'Malley; 1936 or 1937 – September 18, 2016) was an American Democratic politician and member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, representing the 6th district which is located in the Chicago Southland.


Murphy was born Joan Patricia O'Malley in South Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from State Teachers College (now University of Massachusetts, Boston).[1]

From 1965 to 1969 she was the elected clerk of the Village of Crestwood, and later the elected clerk for Worth Township. She went on to be the elected Supervisor for Worth Township.[1]

Murphy was Chairperson of the Labor Committee and of the Finance-Labor Committee. She was Vice-Chairperson of the Finance-Real Estate Committee and the Zoning and Building Committee. Additionally, Murphy served on 13 committees: Administration, Business and Economic Development, Education, Litigation, Tax Delinquency, Stroger and Cermak Hospitals, Oak Forest Hospital, Provident Hospital, Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations, Health and Hospitals, Finance, Zoning and Buildings, and Roads and Bridges. Murphy led a fight against supervisors taking mandated, unpaid furlough leave.[2]

As Cook County Commissioner, Murphy voted to uphold a 2008 tax increase, remaining the highest in the nation.[citation needed]

Murphy died on September 18, 2016 from breast cancer.[1] She was 79 years old.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c Schmadeke, Steve (September 18, 2016). "Joan Murphy, Cook County commissioner, longtime politician dies at 79". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  2. ^ Cook County Commissioner, Joan Murphy, on refusing to take mandated unpaid furlough leave,, September 22, 2011. Archived March 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Traut, Lauren (September 18, 2016). "Cook County Commissioner Joan Murphy Dies". Patch. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  4. ^ Seidel, Jon (September 18, 2016). "Commissioner Joan Murphy dies at 79, fought cancer since 2012". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2016-09-18.