Jim Harvey, 69, was born in Vincennes, Indiana, but grew up in Carlyle, Illinois. He attended Eastern Illinois University and John Marshall Law School. After graduating from law school he moved from Des Plaines, Illinois to Effingham. He is retired as an associate judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, a position he held for 24 years.
The first dollar Harvey recalls making was for a job hanging pole signs for Democrat George Shipley from Olney, who ran for U.S. House of Representatives and served in Congress.
His father was a union laborer and a Democratic precinct committeman. His mother was a civil servant at Scott Air Force Base. He said he grew up on the south side of the tracks in Carlyle, which was the “wrong side of the tracks.”
“It was in the less affluent part of the town,” said Harvey. “I had strong, intelligent parents. They taught us the Golden Rule and that people were people, no matter what color they were.”
-- Dawn Schabbing