William A. Marovitz

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William A. Marovitz
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
1981 (1981)–1993 (1993)
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 12th district
In office
1977 (1977)–1980 (1980)
Personal details
Born (1944-09-29) September 29, 1944 (age 76)
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1995; div. 2013)
RelationsAbraham Lincoln Marovitz
(paternal uncle)

William A. Marovitz (born September 29, 1944) is an American lawyer and politician who was involved in real estate in Chicago and was married to Christie Hefner from 1995 to 2013.


Marovitz is the son of Sydney Marovitz, the former longtime member of the Chicago Park District Board, and the nephew of the late federal judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, an attorney who served in the Illinois General Assembly for 19 years and started work as a real estate developer.[1]

Business, political and civic career[edit]

Marovitz is a member of the Anti-Defamation League, the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, DePaul University, the Gene Siskel Film Center, and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. He was president of the Marovitz Group.[2] Marovitz was a Democratic state representative and state senator in Illinois and is a committeeman in the state Democratic Party's Central Committee. Marovitz served as a member of the Illinois Pollution Control Board from July 1, 2002 to November 30, 2003.[3]

Marovitz was sued by the Securities Exchange Commission for allegedly using inside information to trade illegally in shares of Playboy. In 2011, he settled out of court for $168,352.[1][4]

In In 2000, 2008, and 2016, Marovitz was a presidential elector from Illinois.

Election results[edit]

Marovitz won nine elections and was a member of the Illinois State Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives[5]

02/02/2010 IL Central Committeeman Dist. 9 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
03/21/2006 IL Central Committeeman Dist. 9 Won 59.79% (+19.59%)
03/19/2002 Central Committeeman Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
11/08/1988 IL State Senate 3 Won 70.74% (+41.47%)
11/04/1986 IL State Senate 3 Won 71.75% (+43.50%)
11/02/1982 IL State Senate 3 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
11/04/1980 IL State Senate 12 Won 73.01% (+46.02%)
11/07/1978 IL State House 12 Won 36.99% (+0.00%)
11/02/1976 IL State House 12 Won 36.55% (+0.00%)

Personal life[edit]

In 1995, Marovitz married Christie Hefner, who was CEO of Playboy Enterprises until January 2009.[6] They had no children and split up in 2012.


  1. ^ a b Sachdev, Ameet (August 4, 2011). "William Marovitz, husband of Christie Hefner, settles Playboy insider-trading charge". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  2. ^ http://whoswho.chicagobusiness.com/William-A-Marovitz/1500005719.profile
  3. ^ "Former IPCB Board Members" (PDF). Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Pollution Control Board. May 26, 2017. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Yue, Lorene (August 3, 2011). "Marovitz career spans politics, real estate, restaurants, even baseball". Crain's Chicago Business.
  5. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=75775
  6. ^ Yue, Lorene (August 3, 2011). "Marovitz career spans politics, real estate, restaurants, even baseball". Crain's Chicago Business.

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