Richard (Rich) Kenneth Means, age 78, of Oak Park; beloved husband of Anne L. Rooney; father of Chris (Michele), Annika (Andrew) Rothbaum, and Alex Means; grandfather of Logan Means, and Eve and Soren Rothbaum; dear brother of James (Linda) and Dexter (Lynne) Means and Margaret "Peggy" (James) Newman; beloved brother-in-law, fond uncle, and cherished friend and colleague to many. Rich was born in Champaign, IL and raised in Western Springs, IL. He graduated from Lyons Township High and attended college at Eastern New Mexico University and the University of Stockholm. He graduated from Northwestern University Law School in 1968. Rich practiced election and public service law for more than 50 years, up until the time of his death. Long involved in civic activities and progressive politics, he was most recently Illinois Chapter Chair of the liberal advocacy group Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) and a past state chairman of Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI). Rich was twice past chairman of the Chicago Bar Association's Election Law Committee and the past executive director of the Chicago Council of Lawyers. His proudest professional accomplishment was serving as election lawyer for Harold Washington's successful Chicago mayoral campaign in 1983. Rich and his wife Anne are long-time members of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation (UTUUC) in Oak Park. A virtual Celebration of Life service will be scheduled for late January. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Americans for Democratic Action @ https://adaction.org/
, Beyond Hunger @ https://www.gobeyondhunger.org/
or the UTUUC Abundance Fund @ www.unitytemple.org
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Published by Chicago Tribune from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2020.