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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jerry Crimmins  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1944

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Illinois Connection

Crimmins is a longtime Chicago journalist and editor. He graduated from Loyola University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jerry Crimmins is an award-winning veteran Chicago reporter and editor. He has worked for the ''Chicago Daily Law Bulletin'', ''Chicago Tribune'', ''Associated Press'', and ''City News Bureau''. He has won awards for investigative reporting, deadline reporting, non-deadline reporting, and feature writing. His exclusive ''Chicago Tribune'' vote fraud story led to the largest grand jury investigation of vote fraud in Chicago history and more than 50 convictions. In cooperation with U.S. officials, he was instrumental in freeing five American citizens from prison in Yugoslavia in five separate cases due to his reporting in the ''Chicago Tribune''. In cooperation with then-State Senator Peter Fitzgerald of Illinois, Crimmins and other ''Chicago Tribune'' reporters published a series of stories about irregularities at a northwest suburban mental health center that led to the firing of the head of that center and the resignation of its board of directors.


Numerous newspaper journalism awards

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Fort Dearborn :
ISBN: 0810122960. OCLC Number: 65340929

Northwestern University Press,. .

Fort Dearborn is a historical novel about the early history of Chicago. Historical characters, such as the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, are intertwined with fictional characters as the fort comes under attack during the War of 1812.

Obits and murders :
ISBN: 0962604704. OCLC Number: 27807373

Ozanam Press,. .