Honorable Arthur L. Berman
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Honorable Arthur L. "Art" Berman, age 85, of Chicago, Art was a respected attorney, community leader, and one of the longest-serving State Democratic legislators in Illinois history, serving from 1969 - 2000. Having won 22 elections for public office, Art was widely recognized as "the Education Senator" for championing improved schooling for the children of Illinois as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. A lifelong resident of the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods, Art graduated from Senn High School, the University of Illinois, and Northwestern Law School, Class of 1958 where he earned a position on the Law Review. Art was a proud board member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Anti-Defamation League, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Emanuel Congregation, and numerous other civic, legal, legislative, educational, and Jewish organizations and committees. Art was a true lover of the Chicago Bears and enjoyed a competitive game of tennis. Always putting family first, Art often reflected how lucky he was to have such a wonderful life with a caring wife, terrific children, and grandchildren. Beloved husband and best friend for almost 30 years of Barbara, nee Dombeck; loving father of Adam (Robyn) Berman and Marcy (Joe) Padorr; adored "Pop Art" of Josh (Zoie) Berman, Amanda (Drew) Schwartz, Alex Berman, Jake and Jeremy Padorr; devoted son of the late Morris and the late Jean Berman; dear brother of the late David Berman and the late Steven Berman; fond brother-in-law of the late Kenny (Janice Glenn) Dombeck; treasured uncle and friend to many. Graveside service and shiva will be private. Contribution may be made to JUF, www.juf.org or A Silver Lining Foundation, www.asilverliningfoundation.org. Info: The Goldman Funeral Group, www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com (847) 478-1600.



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Published in Chicago Tribune on Jun. 8, 2020.
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August 16, 2020
Served in the State Senate with Senator Berman, he was well respected by both democrats and republicans. What a charming man with a great sense of humor.
Ned Mitchell, retired Senator 59th District
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June 13, 2020
My deepest condolences to my ole friend Adam & your family. May your Dad's memory be a blessing.
Al Brodsky
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June 12, 2020
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June 11, 2020
Dear Barbara and the entire Berman Family:

I will always remember The Senator for his enthusiasm for public education and his dedication to public service. Always with a smile and a good laugh! He missed little as a Statesman and Leader.

My condolences to his wonderful, warm family, all of whom meant the world to him!

With my heart,

Jayne Bell Pekin
Jayne Bell Pekin
Friend
June 11, 2020
I remember Art from our days at the Clinton School and at Senn High School. He was smart and an outgoing, friendly guy. My condolences to his family.
Lenore Ferst Caldwell
Friend
June 10, 2020
To the Berman Family

Our deepest sympathy.

I worked many campaigns with your Dad, many years ago. Over the years he would mention what a beautiful family he had and thanked God for that blessing. He will be missed.

He was an excellent statesman.
Illinois and the children of Illinois are better because of him.

Grateful to have known him.
Fondly,
Henry and Mary Anselmo
Mary Anselmo
Friend
June 9, 2020
Art was a lifelong friend going back to our days at Clinton Grammar School in West Rogers Park. Remember those pleasurable days well. In later years played poker with him occasionally and others from that neighborhood. My condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed.
Larry Reiss
Friend
June 9, 2020
My father William Holland worked in the Senators office on Western Ave. He always held the Senator in the highest esteem. As an educator I want to thank him for his efforts. I wish to offer my condolences to his wife and family
Fred Holland
Teacher
June 8, 2020
I was honored to have Art as a colleague in the Illinois legislature and as a friend. He was a brilliant and devoted public servant for decades and a leader not only in education issues, but a leader in getting anything accomplished that was worth getting accomplished in the Illinois General Assembly. He was the Senate sponsor of the Holocaust Education Law that required teaching about the events leading up to the Holocaust and of the suffering it brought to world Jewry and to the world. Illinois became the first state in America to require teaching about the Holocaust in elementary and high schools thanks to Arts leadership. Art was a true leader and will be greatly missed.

Fran joins me in sending our deepest condolences to Barbara and to Arts children and grandchildren. He loved you so.

Lee Preston
Lee Preston
Friend
June 8, 2020
My condolences. Art was a marvelous, public spirited person and a example to his fellow lawyers.
Arthur Susman
Classmate
June 8, 2020
Art was a great colleague and a great supporter of public education. We worked together on several pieces of legislation. He was one of the best!
State Senator William Peterson (Retired)
Coworker
June 8, 2020
Art was a unique individual who blended all that was good---his family, his friends, his public service, his concern for those less fortunate than him. A hell of a tennis player with his long reach made him tough to beat. As a public servant, he was impossible to beat----22 elections without a defeat must be a record. He will be missed by family, friends and colleagues.

Dr. Edward and Myrna Mazur
Edward and Myrna Mazur
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