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Women’s History Month: Who was Vivian Hickey?

How much do you know about the history of women in Rockford?

In celebration and recognition of Women’s History Month, the Rockford Register Star has partnered with the Midway Village Museum to bring readers a local women’s history fact of the day.

Visit rrstar.com or the Rockford Register Star newspaper every day during the month of March to read about the women who played an important role in Rockford’s history.

Vivian Hickey

Vivian Hickey

Born 1916 in Clayton, Illinois, Vivian Hickey moved to Rockford to attend Rockford College and soon after began a distinguished teaching career.

She taught in local schools and was elected to the founding board of Rock Valley College in 1964.

In 1974, Hickey was appointed to the Illinois Senate after Sen. Betty Ann Keegan died while in office. Hickey went on to win re-election to a four-year term before her own health problems ended her political career in 1979.

Her work as a senator was known for her strong advocacy for lowering food and drug taxes, and her efforts to dismantle the “Chicago Machine” control over Springfield politics.

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Want to know more about Vivian Hickey? Visit Midway Village Museum online at midwayvillage.com or in person at 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford.

This article originally appeared on Rockford Register Star: Women’s History Month: Who was Vivian Hickey?

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