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Josephine Kneidl Harrington Oblinger

state agency administrator

Josephine Kneidl Harrington Oblinger, American state agency administrator. Recipient Golden Anniversary Salute to Older Illinoisans award Blue Cross/Blue Shield, 1987, National Council Aging Volunteer award, 1989.


Oblinger, Josephine Kneidl Harrington was born on February 14, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Thomas William and Margaret (Kneidl) Harrington.


Bachelor of Science, University Illinois, 1933. Juris Doctor, University Detroit, 1968. Doctor of Humane Letters, Sioux Empire College, 1966.


1 son, Carl D. Teacher Lanphier High School, Springfield, Illinois, 1951-1962. Clerk Sangamon County, assessor Capital Township, Springfield, 1962-1969. Assistant director Illinois Department Registration and Education, Springfield, from 1970.

Executive director Governor's Committee on Voluntary Action, 1970-1973. Assistant to president Lincoln Land Community College, 1973-1977. Director Illinois Department on Aging, 1977-1978.

Member Illinois House Representatives, 1978-1985. Director Governor' General’ s Office Senior Involvement, since 1985. Secretary Springfield and Sangamon County Community Action, 1965-1970 president, 1970-1974.

Member finance committee Child and Family Service, Springfield, 1965-1970. Member National Committee for Day Care of Children, from 1960. Member I-SEARCH: Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease of Southern Illinois University.

President Springfield Federation Teachers American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1957-1959, Illinois Federation Teachers American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1959-1963. Member advisory committee to Governor's ACTION Office. Member Planning Consortium for Services to Children in Illinois, president, 1978-1979.

Chairman mothers' march Sangamon County March of Dimes, 1980. Board directors, secretary Villa Vianney Retirement Center, Illinois Humanities Council, Young Women’s Christian Association, Federal Council on Aging, officer, Republican Women's Luncheon Club, 1959, president, 1963-1967. Chairman Sangamon County Republican committee, from 1965.

Past president Illinois Federation Republican Women. Delaware to White House Conference on Children, 1960. Chairperson Committee Women's Affairs White House Conference Aging, 1981.

Board directors, president Sangamon-Menard County Council on Alcoholism and Drugs, 1964-1989, National Center Volunteer Action. Member board Sangamon County Salvation Army, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Education Alumnae Association, Sangamon County Literature Council.


Member Illinois Association County Clerks and Recorders (past president), American Business Women's Association, American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Sangamon County Bar Association, American Association Volunteer Services Coordinators (director, chairman public policy committee), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (executive board), Urban League, American Arbitration Association, University Illinois Alumni Association, National Association Recorders and Clerks, Sangamon County History Society, Illinois Gerontology Consortium (vice president central region), Illinois Council Continuing Education (executive committee), Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), Springfield Women's. Clubs: Springfield Women's.


Married Walter L. Oblinger, April 27, 1940.

Thomas William Harrington

Margaret (Kneidl) Harrington

Walter L. Oblinger