God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.
Should you wish to make a memorial donation, you may donate to:
The Way Back Inn
1915 W. Roosevelt Road
Broadview, IL 60155
Mike was a complicated person, he had a vast area of interests and friends outside the Commission and his legal work. He was a music buff, history aficionado and mentor to a host of troubled souls. He often served up his own home as a way station for those who needed to get back on their feet. His volunteer work, his sitting on boards and of course his never ending work on behalf of workers and unions is well told. Not as well known, and most importantly, he has 2 sons Alex and Murphy, and he invested his energy into them at every opportunity. Of course, his lovely wife Cheryl had been with him and put up with him since College, moved to North Carolina and then Chicago from their original home in California, and in the end cared for him tirelessly right down to protecting Michael’s wishes on how he should live. She was his rock as he was a rock to others.
We lost our best friend, our mentor, and our law partner. It was a real crushing blow. Your kindness and understanding and inquiries remain supremely appreciated, more than you know. We have and will continue to carry on Mike’s memory here for the working people we represent and fight for every day, and for the lives we lead. We have gathered strength from Mike’s memory, and it will sustain us in those bareknuckle fights that Mike would revel in. Fights that he would win, and fights that we will continue to win in his memory.
Help someone today in Mike’s honor. May his memory be a blessing.