Former Joliet Mayor Charlie Connor died over the weekend at the age of 90. His son, Illinois State Rep. John Connor tells WJOL that his father passed away peacefully with family at his bedside on Sunday afternoon. Connor says his father was “a force of nature.”
While mayor, Connor used to walk the neighborhoods looking for abandoned homes that were used by squatters in order to have the city condemn the homes.
After Connor retired he taught legal classes at Stateville prison.
Charlie Connor was an attorney, judge and Chief Judge of the Twelfth Circuit. But in the late 90’s he suffered a stroke following 7-way bypass surgery. In recent years he was not in good health. Connor was Mayor of Joliet from 1987 to 1991.
He leaves behind his wife, four adult children and 6 grandsons. Visitation for Charlie Connor will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m., at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet. Funeral Services will be Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. from the funeral home chapel to Holy Family Catholic Church, 600 Brook Forest Ave., Shorewood.