Charles Hartke

BioID: 
81
Last Name: 
Hartke
First Name: 
Charles
Experience: 
Former Director of Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • Age: 64
  • Interview Date: 9/23/2008
  • Interviewer: Mark R. DePue, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Interview Length: 186 minutes Sit Down Interview
  • County: Effingham
  • Charles Hartke was born in 1944 and grew up in Teutopolis on his father's farm with his four brothers and five sisters. When Charles got married in 1963, he started his own farm which eventually led him into politics where he served in the Illinois House for more than 18 years, before becoming Director of Agriculture for Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Hartke Family and House: (front row) Pat, Frank, Phil, Chuck and Jerry; (back row) Sally, Mike, Mary Lou, Margie, and Vera; 1952Hartke Family and House: (front row) Pat, Frank, Phil, Chuck and Jerry; (back row) Sally, Mike, Mary Lou, Margie, and Vera; 1952      Hartke Family: (front row) Mike, Frank, father Alphonse, mother Sophia, Chuck, and Phil. (Back row) Elvira, Pat, Jerry, Mary LouHartke Family: (front row) Mike, Frank, father Alphonse, mother Sophia, Chuck, and Phil. (Back row) Elvira, Pat, Jerry, Mary Lou

County: 
Effingham
Gender: 
Male
Interview Decade: 
2000s
Age at Interview: 
60s