One of my former legislative colleagues, Chicago’s Ralph Capparelli, has died at age 96.
When I was elected to the IL House in 1972, I was assigned to the House Revenue Department.
Ralph was sponsoring a bill regarding review of the issuance of county assessment multiplilers by the Revenue Department.
At the time he worked for the Cook County Board of (Assessment) Appeals.
We worked together on the bill and he passed it.
Ralph and I had a cordorial relationship from then on.
After I failed to win a congressional primary contest in 1980, he made a comment that stayed with me:
“Not enough precinct captains.”
Ralph could not have been born in 1942 as the obituary says, however. That was the year I was born and I’m 78. I figure his birth year was 1924 and the figures got tranposed.
I really enjoyed serving with Ralph.
His obituary is below:
Ralph Carl Capparelli
96, April 12, 1942
December 31, 2020, born in Chicago, beloved husband of Cordelia (DeMilio), father of Cary and Valerie (Plunkett), son of Ralph V. and Mary (Drammis), grandfather of four, and great grandfather of three departed this world on December 31, 2020, of natural causes.
Ralph diligently served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1971 to 2004, and in multiple leadership positions. His seniority earned him the title of the longest serving ‘Dean’ of the Illinois House.
He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy and partook in the ‘Battle of Tinian’ during World War II earning him a Battle Star.
After the war, Ralph graduated with a B.S. degree from Northern Illinois University.
Services were private. Roman Catholic Mass was celebrated on January 4, 2021, at St. Juliana and burial, with military honors, followed at All Saints Cemetery.