Bernard Epton (August 25, 1921 – December 13, 1987) was an American politician who served in the Illinois House of Representatives. Events 1248 - The Dutch city of Ommen receives city rights and fortification rights from Otto III the Year 1921 ( MCMXXI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1921 calendar of the Gregorian calendar Events 1294 - Saint Celestine V abdicates the papacy after only five months Celestine hoped to return to his previous life Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Illinois House of Representatives is the Lower house of the Illinois General Assembly, the state legislature of the U In 1983 he lost a close and contentious election for Mayor of Chicago; he would have become the city's first Jewish mayor, and its first Republican mayor since 1931. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. PLEASE TAKE NOTE************
Epton served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. The United States Army Air Forces ( USAAF) was the military aviation arm of the United States of America during and immediately after World War II. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including He flew twenty-five missions over Germany and twice won the Distinguished Flying Cross. The Distinguished Flying Cross is a medal awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself in
During the postwar years, Epton became a successful attorney specializing in insurance law. A graduate of the University of Chicago and DePaul University College of Law, he was an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois' 2nd congressional district in 1960, losing to Democratic incumbent Barratt O'Hara. The University of Chicago is a Private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The United States House of Representatives is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. The 2nd Congressional District of Illinois includes parts of Cook and Will Counties, and has been represented by Democrat Jesse The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. Barratt O'Hara ( April 28 1882 – August 11 1969) of Chicago was the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois from 1913 to 1917 Epton was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1968 and served from 1969 to 1983. He chaired the chamber's Insurance Committee.
A resident of the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Epton opposed the liberal African American Democrat Harold Washington in the mayoral election in the spring of 1983. History (Hyde Park Paul Cornell a successful businessman real-estate speculator and Abolitionist, purchased of land between 51st and 55th Streets along the Lake African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa Harold Washington ( April 15 1922 – November 25 1987) was an American Lawyer and Politician who became the In a racially charged election, Epton came within 40,000 votes (of 1. 2 million cast) of defeating the Democratic nominee. His total was the high-water mark for Chicago Republicans in elections for mayor in the heavily Democratic city. Epton received 90 percent of the votes of Chicago whites, and 3 percent from blacks. One of Epton's campaign slogans was "Epton for mayor. . . Before it's too late", which critics declared had racial overtones.
After his defeat, Epton briefly returned to private life. Known for being witty and occasionally sharp-tongued, Epton died of a heart attack in Ann Arbor, Michigan at age 66, less than three weeks after Mayor Washington's death. Ann Arbor is a city in the US state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County.
One of his four children, Jeff Epton, served as a city council member in Ann Arbor.