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John C. "Jay" Ackerman (November 23, 1933 – July 23, 2007) was an American farmer and politician.

He served on the Morton Park Commission from 1967 to 1975. Ackerman also served on the Tazewell County Board from 1972 to 1978. Ackerman served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1979 to 1983 and from 1987 to 1999. He was a Republican. Ackerman served on the Governor's Board of Agriculture Advisers from 1984 to 1987. Ackerman died in an accident on his farm in Morton, Illinois when his lawn mower enter a small lake that was on his farm toppling over and pinning him in the water.[1][2][3]

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Morton, Illinois, Ackerman served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958. He studied agriculture at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and was a farmer.


  1. 'Illinois Blue Book 1997-1998,' Biographical Sketch of Jay Ackerman, pg. 165
  2. 'Retired state representative dies in accident,' Morton Times-News, Jacqueline Koch and Frank Radsovech, July 24, 2007
  3. John C. "Jay" Ackerman-obituary

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