Alfred Ronan Obituary (1947 – 2023) – Park Ridge, IL – Chicago Tribune –


Alfred G. Ronan, (75) “Al,” of Park Ridge, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2023, after a prolonged illness. Al was born in Chicago on December 3, 1947, to Phyllis and James Ronan. Al was a graduate of Fenwick High School and went onto graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in political science. During his time at UIC Al was a football player and letter winner and later became a generous benefactor of the University. Shortly after graduating UIC, Al began a career in politics as a downstate political organizer for then candidate and future Governor Dan Walker. Al was later appointed Director of the Division of Mental Health for the State of Illinois and as Deputy Secretary at the Illinois Department of Transportation. At 31, Al was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives representing the northwest side of Chicago. In the Illinois House, Al championed important issues such as a statewide seat belt mandate and consistently pushed for increased funding for K-12 education. After 14 years in the Illinois General Assembly, Al started and ran a successful lobbying and consulting practice. Al was a trusted friend and political advisor to many. He will be remembered for his quick wit and extensive knowledge of political issues at both the local and national level. Al loved his daughters, golf, and all things Springfield in that order. He is survived by his daughters Maren Ronan (Hon. Nicholas Kantas) and Jenna Ronan. He was a beloved grandfather of Violet and Alexander Kantas. He is also survived by his longtime partner Cheryl Axley and his sisters Maryanne Locklin and Bobbie Siller. Services will be held at St. John of the Cross Church in Western Springs on Friday, January 27th, 2023. The visitation will be held at 10am followed by an 11am mass. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the UIC Flames Athletic Fund. Arrangements entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home at 708-352-6500 or

Published by Chicago Tribune from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2023.


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