CHICAGO--(ENEWSPSF)--July 5, 2016. Abner J. Mikva, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2014, died on July 4 in Chicago at age ninety.
Long known in Chicago and Washington political and legal circles as a liberal reform leader and a man of unassailable integrity, Abner J. Mikva successfully bucked Chicago’s Democratic political machine when he was elected to the Illinois state legislature in 1956 as an independent reform-minded Democrat, and later served as a Democratic congressman in the late 1960s and 70s. In 1979, he was nominated by President . . .