Thomas Hynes

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Thomas C. Hynes (born November 5, 1938) is a former Cook County Assessor, President of the Illinois Senate, candidate for mayor of Chicago (in 1987) and 19th Ward Democratic Committeeman. He is the father of former Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes.[1]


Born in on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, Hynes served in the United States Army Reserve as a captain. He received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University Chicago and his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He practiced law and taught law at John Marshall Law School (Chicago). He was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1970 and served as President of the Illinois Senate in 1977.[2] and as Democratic committeeman of the 19th ward of Chicago. While serving as Cook County Assessor, he began the automation of the office.


  1. ^ Crain's Chicago Business: Thomas Hynes sets up Chicago office for D.C. lobbying firm Dutko Grayling (2011)
  2. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1977,' Biographical Sketch of Thomas Hynes, pg. 122