He was a Democrat! 93 year-old former Cook County Board President (1969-2000) and Cook County Democratic Party Chairman. George W. Dunne passed away at his Hebron, IL estate. Dunne was cut from the same cloth at the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. They were both fiscally conservative, and moderate Democrats. Together they fought the Bolshevik takeover attempt of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Dunne served as the 42nd Ward Committeeman and never helped me with my law enforcement career. Whenever I had an friend in need of a job I could take him to Dunne and he’d have my friend employed within a week in a decent, union, local government job. Dunne was always accessible to anyone in need. Unlike most politicians, Dunne really helped people.
I really miss the corned beef and cabbage dinners we had at the ward headquaters.
Dunne was a classy and good guy to know. His son, Murphy Dunne lives in Malibu, CA and works as an actor. Murphy played, “Murph”, a member of the Blues Brother’s Band in the wildly successful movie by the same name.