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Charles Hartke - Modern Era

Charles Hartke grew up on the family farm in rural Effingham County. Following military service, he entered the political arena, serving on the County Board before being elected as a Representative to the Illinois House, where he focused on agricultural issues. Hartke served as Director of the Department of Agriculture during the Rod Blagojevich administration. He discusses historic changes in ag, and expresses optimism for its future.

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Hartke's early life on the family farm

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Effingham County politics

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Director of Ag

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Chuck at the age of 2 or 3 in front of his boyhood home.

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Chuck with his father, Alphonse, his brothers Gerald and Frank, and his sister Pat, in front of a cornfield in the old hog lot.

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From the left, Frank, Jerry, Mike, Chuck, and Phil in front of a lilac bush by their home.

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Chuck's family in front of the house. In the front row, from left, are Pat, Frank, Phil, Chuck, and Jerry. The back row consists of Sally, Mike, Mary Lou, Margie, and Vera, circa 1952.

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circa 1952

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A group of children in the Plain Tree School Christmas program in 1956.

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1956

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Chuck standing on Frisky the pony in 1956 or 1957.

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1956 or 1957

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Chuck with a 4-H heifer in 1959.

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1959

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A litter of pigs for a 4-H project.

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The Hartke brothers. In the front row are Phil and Frank. In the back row are Chuck, Mike, and Jerry with rabbits and bird dogs.

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Chuck in the farrowing barn.

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The family on a teeter totter. From front to back are Frank, Chuck, Pat, Jerry, Sally, Marge, Vera, cousin Mary Kay, and Mary Lou.

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Jerry (age 2) and Chuck (age 4) on their tricycles.

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1948

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The Hartke family. In the front are Mike, Frank, father Alphonse, mother Sophia, Chuck, and Phil. In the back are Elvira, Pat, Jerry, Mary Lou, Marge, and Sally.

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Chuck and Kathy at their high school graduation in front of Kathy's parents' home in May of 1962.

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front of Kathy's parents'

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May of 1962

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Chuck speaking at the University of Illinois.

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University of Illinois

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Representative Monroe Flynn, Senator Ken Hall, Senator Alan Dixon, Norma and Sen. Bill O'Daniel, and Chuck.

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Chuck explaining sow gestation to Representative Bill Black, Sharon Black, Rep. Ralph Barger, and Jack Schultz during a Legislative Farm tour in 1986.

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1986

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A photo of a barn on the Hartke property.

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Hartke property

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Chuck (on right) with comedian Paul Paulsen of the Smothers Brothers who ran for President as a joke in 1968.

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1968

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Chuck with Harold Washington, the mayor of Chicago, in 1985.

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1985

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An advertisement for Chuck's invention, Flip-N-Feed.

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A newspaper article in the Teutopolis Daily News featuring the Hartke family entitled "This Farmer is also a Lawmaker." In the bottom left photo are Chuck, his daughter Kimberly, and his wife, Kathy.

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The Hartke's (Charles parents) first home, circa 1924.

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circa 1924

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The one room schoolhouse where Chuck attended grade school.

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