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This just in… Patrick Botterman dies *** UPDATED WITH SERVICE INFO ***

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008

* Monday, 10:47 pm - Patrick Botterman, who ran more Democratic campaigns than I can count, has passed away. My deepest sympathies to his family and his many, many friends.

* Tuesday, 7:41 am - The Daily Herald has a story up…

Harper College trustee and Wheeling Township Democrat Committeeman Patrick Botterman died of a massive heart attack Monday.

Botterman, 44, a lifelong Arlington Heights resident, leaves behind a long resume of Cook County politicking. He ran campaigns for Melissa Bean, Chicago 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, Dan Kotowski’s state Senate run in Park Ridge, and Republican Wheeling Township Supervisor Michael B. Schroeder when he ran for but lost the Arlington Heights village president seat to Arlene Mulder in 1993.

“I think Patrick Botterman is the single most influential political mind in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago,” friend and Democratic strategist Kevin Lampe, 46, of Chicago said.

Botterman was a Harper College trustee from 1998 to 2003 and was recently re-elected to the seat.

* And so does Fritchey

Pat is the one person in politics who I have ever met who would NEVER back away from a fight, big or small, as long as he believed in it. For that trait, many loathed him. For that trait, I will always respect him.

*** UPDATE *** Rep. Fritchey posted this in comments…

Visitation will be held for Pat as follows:

Friday, March 14
3:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

Glueckert Funeral Home
1520 North Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois

* Funeral…

Saturday, March 15, 2008 — 9:30 a.m.
Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church
34 West Park Street
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
(847) 253-5353

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Will miss you - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 10:05 pm:

    One of the best Pat.

  2. - Kevin Lampe - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 10:23 pm:

    Patrick was my best friend in the whole word.

    He the brightest, sharpest and most loyal person, I have ever known. We first met in 1988 when he ran the Democrat office for Eugenia Chapman in Arlington Heights and I was trying to get into politics. We have had a wild ride since then, we won some and lost some. Many people owe their political careers to him. i know I do.

    I will never have a truer friend than him. I love you buddy. And will always carry you in my heart.

  3. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 10:34 pm:

    Illinois politics - not just Democrats - have lost one of the most decent, honorable and skilled professionals of our time.

    Botterman never forgot why we do what we do and why it really matters.

    And as tough as campaigns get, he always made everyone around him feel like part of a family.

  4. - 47th Ward - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 10:38 pm:

    One of the really good guys in Illinois, he will be missed. Very sad news.

  5. - Cal Skinner - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 11:08 pm:

    Tell us whose campaigns he worked on, please.

  6. - Anonymiss - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 11:22 pm:

    I am without words - only tears and a silent prayer for a dear friend who meant so much to so many, and left us far too soon.

  7. - dupage progressive - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 11:24 pm:

    Pat ran John Schmidt’s campaign in 2002, many of Sen. Link’s campaigns, Dan Kotowski’s campaign, Scott Waguespack (sp?) for alderman and most recently, Mark Pera’s campaign for congress.

    No one worked harder on his campaigns.

  8. - Kevin Lampe - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 11:32 pm:

    He was the Wheeling Township Democratic Committeeman, He also ran Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, Congresswoman Melissa Bean, Kevin Botterman for State Rep (1988), The Bipartisan Party in Wheeling Township and many other campaigns.

    Thanks for comments, it is making a rough night easier.

  9. - Brian Cross - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 11:45 pm:

    Pat was one of the most decent men in this business

    Always a man of his word

    May god bless pat and his family

  10. - Rep. John Fritchey - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 11:54 pm:

    Pat was a dear friend, and I am simply crushed.

    Brian, you’re right, he was one of the most decent men in this business. What you omit is that he is one of the most decent people that you could hope to meet in any walk of life.

    I scribbled some other thoughts at

    To know Pat was to respect him. I’ll miss him forever.

  11. - Dan Kotowski - Monday, Mar 10, 08 @ 11:56 pm:

    The last thing Pat would want me or anyone to say is a bunch of nice things about him. The reality is that it is hard not to say something positive about someone who has done so much for so many. Pat was a brilliant political strategist and a very unselfish human being. He was a rare breed who displayed loyalty, integrity and a commitment to the highest ideal: fighting for what is right against the seemingly insurmountable. Pat would take on campaigns in which he made less money because he believed in the candidate. He would look out for everyone on these campaigns, from the office volunteers to the organizers. He would make sure everyone got paid before he got paid. Pat would remind you (and all of us who have benefitted from his leadership will tell you the same)that as candidates we owe a great debt of gratitude to our supporters, that as elected officials we should never lose sight of our obligation to the people we serve, to those who brought us to the dance in the first place.

    Patrick, I will miss you, my friend. I am a state senator because of your hard work, character and uncanny insight. Most important, I, and so many others, are better people for having known you. The world will be a lot less interesting and funny place without you in it.

  12. - Brian Cross - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 12:01 am:

    Very true john

    Very true

  13. - Pat Corcoran - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 1:44 am:

    Pat, They don’t make libraries where you can find out who to trust. I don’t know what I am going to do without you.

    I had so much fun with you. I thought we would have so many more campaigns together … You helped me so much and I wanted everyone I know to get a chance to meet you because you are such a smart, funny and beautiful man.

    I hope I will make you proud.

    Your big family and your many, many friends love you so much. I am going to miss you terribly, I do already. P.

  14. - Dave Sullivan - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 6:10 am:

    I was Pat’s Republican Senator yet I found him to always be an outstanding gentleman. We worked well together while not always in agreement. He was a true and dedicated Democrat but more importantly a solid and strong person of intergrity. He will be missed. Our prayers go out to his family.

  15. - Brian Daley - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 6:20 am:

    I had the privilege of becoming friends with Pat just a year and a half ago, during Scott Waguespack’s aldermanic campaign. We mercilessly — but always good-naturedly — teased one another about our polar political views (he the staunch Democrat, I the staunch conservative, in harness together to defeat a corrupted incumbent). Pat didn’t judge people based upon which side of the aisle they sat on, but on whether they stood on the side of Right or Wrong.

    He was always the fellow in the back of the room, watching, assessing, playing three-demensional political chess while he gladly let others take the spotlight.

    He was happiest coaching the Davids who took on the modern day Goliaths. And as often as not, he left the field of battle as the victor, and with a great phalanx of new admirers and friends. Lucie and I count ourselves blessed to be among those legions.

    Requiescat in pace,


  16. - Mike MacDonald - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 7:10 am:

    Allow me to bear witness to all of the fine human qualities that have been expressed here about Pat.

    My best memories of him are our talks and the many times we were able to laugh together. He had a wonderful sense of humor.

    Truly a sad day.

  17. - thegreatmags - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 7:32 am:

    A good decent man. Chicago and Illinois politics lost a giant of integrity. God bless, Pat.

  18. - Randall Sherman - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 7:51 am:

    I was saddened and stunned to learn of Pat’s death. He was a tireless worker for the people and causes he believed in. Government and politics in the Chicago area were made better by his efforts. My deepest condolences go out to his family. He will truly be missed.

  19. - vince glothor - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 7:53 am:

    Arrangements announced yet?

  20. - jerry 101 - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 7:56 am:

    I never got to meet him, but his reputation preceded him. He ran my old alderman’s campaign, and helped push Ted Matlak out of office.

    He will be missed.
    Rest in peace.

  21. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 8:11 am:

    vince glothor, no arrangements yet. We’ll let you know.

  22. - Rob_N - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 8:17 am:

    Dang it Pat. You’re going to be missed my friend, more than you even know.

    For all those who didn’t know him, you were probably impacted by him in one way or another as he fought for doing the right thing day in and day out.

    I wrote a bit over at Illinois Reason. I’m just stunned.

    Sen. Sullivan, Pat appreciated the t-shirt gesture a few years back. May not have been “the shirt off your back” but he respected you for it.

    The Phil Crane campaign once gave him a jacket, but for a different reason. ;)

    Cal asked which campaigns Pat worked on… How many hours do you have to go through them all?

    He really seemed to relish the local races (he was generous enough to help with my first run for park district of all things) but he also worked at the statewide and Federal level with John Schmidt for Atty General (standing up against the Madigan family when Lisa ran for AG); Melissa Bean and, most recently, Mark Pera, for Congress; and even Carol Moseley-Braun for President.

    But like I said, he loved local races. He volunteered to help Scott Waguespack unseat Ted Matlak. He either managed or simply offered helpful advice for countless municipal races throughout the metro area for mayors, village boards, township seats, school/park/library boards, etc. And he helped many, many state lege races (even the “sacrificial lambs” the Dems would run against “unbeatable” GOP incumbents).

    There’s going to be a huge void in Illinois for a long time to come.

    Rest in peace, Pat.

  23. - Sue Walton - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 8:23 am:

    Patrick was our Wikepedia of Politics in the NW Suburbs. He counseled hundreds of candidates, he gave freely of his time to further the democratic ideals. He was very private but two things he loved was his family and politics. I will miss his friendship and leadership. Rest in Peace Dear Friend

  24. - Cindi Canary - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 8:34 am:

    I am absolutely stunned and heartbroken by this news. Pat’s passing is a huge loss to Illinois’ poliics. He was a generous, warm and thoughtful man, who was committed to working with candidates whom he believed would government better. He will be greatly missed. Please let us know when arrangements are made. He will be greatly missed.

  25. - Phil Burdick/Harper College - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 8:45 am:

    All of us at Harper College are deeply saddened by the news of Patrick’s death. He was elected twice to our Board of Trustees and also served on our Foundation Board. His political savvy, quiet leadership and sense of humor made him an integral and cherished member of the Harper family.

    Patrick was a tireless advocate for making higher education affordable and accessible and played a major role in Harper’s success and growth over the past ten years. He will be greatly missed and our prayers and thoughts go out to his family and many friends and colleagues throughout Illinois.

  26. - Brendan Houlihan - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 8:57 am:

    Pat Botterman was indeed a man of much insight and opinion. I respected both.

  27. - Emily Pera - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:04 am:

    Pat was always a constant with his laughter, his political know-how, and his passion… We owe him so much for all he did for the Pera family, and we miss Pat greatly. We will keep him close to our hearts in the next go-round of campaigning, as I know he would have wanted us to go out there and kick some butt. We’ll do it for you, Pat -

  28. Pingback Rest in Peace Pat « Illinois Reason - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:15 am:

    […] Update: Rich Miller has some info and Rep. John Fritchey offers us this eloquent eulogy. Blogroll […]

  29. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:17 am:

    Awful news. What everyone else said otherwise.

  30. Pingback ArchPundit » Blog Archive » Awful News - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:21 am:

    […] Pat Botterman passed away yesterday. Rich has more over at Capitol Fax. I didn’t know Pat terribly well having met him at Yearly Kos. What’s amazing is that he had worked on several campaigns I had followed and he did an amazing job. More than that, he always worked for good candidates whether they were the most likely to win or just a worthwhile challenge. […]

  31. - Tony - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:25 am:

    I saw Pat last week at a Democratic party event, he was in the rear, we talked for about 10 minutes. I will miss him

  32. - Kathleen Sances - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:32 am:

    What don’t I owe to Pat?

    He plucked a stay at home mom out of a group of volunteers. He tested me as he showed me the nuts and bolts of the business. He told me I was smart. He opened every door for me to see if I would walk through it.

    Pat was my teacher, my mentor but most, he was my friend. I will cherish the hours we spent on the phone, the days working by his side. I will struggle as I figure out who can answer my questions now. I will miss him planting yard signs in front of my house in the middle of the night.

    He was brilliant, he was fearless, he gave more than he would take. He made a difference.

    He was my hero.

  33. - Garrett FitzGerald - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:35 am:

    I feel like I’ve just been kicked in the gut. We have lost a truly fine and decent man.

  34. - Alex Armour - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:41 am:

    Pat was one of the good guys, a rare operative who didn’t let cynicism get in the way of doing the right thing. He was a true believer in the process. Watching Pat in action at the county party meetings, giving it to the old school guys was a special treat. His wonderful sense of humor and his encyclopedic knowledge of local politics will be greatly missed.

  35. - Vasyl - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:42 am:

    I’ve worked with Pat on some campaigns, and most recently on other sides. He deserves all the accolades.

    What I will remember most — more than his integrity, loyalty, intellect, and ability — is his poker face expression that nevertheless hinted that he was enjoying a private joke. And since he always seemed to know more than he let on, I think he was enjoying a private joke.

    I’ll miss you, Pat.

  36. - Mark Pera - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 10:21 am:

    Pat was truly one of the most remarkable people I have ever met-an encyclopedic mind about politics, a voracious reader, avid movie watcher, great cook, awesome story teller. He could be on the phone for an hour straight with five different callers, never take a note, and recite the conversations back almost verbatim. He was extremely loyal to the people he worked with and for, and we all loved him in return. He was truly the best.

  37. - Laurie Stone - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 10:38 am:

    The Harper College Board deeply grieves the loss of our trusted friend and colleague, Trustee Patrick Botterman. The Board counted on Pat’s keen insights, and when he spoke, we listened.

    We will sorely miss Pat’s intelligence, kindness, easy manner, unbelievable sense of humor, and most important, his unwavering commitment to the bright future of Harper College.

    Our hearts go out to Pat’s family and his many, many friends.

  38. - Howard Handler - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 10:45 am:

    Pat was a true friend, a savvy political operative, and a mentor to many. Pat gave me — a relative unknown in Illinois politics — a shot on John Schmidt’s campaign for Governor… we stayed friends and worked together on many races after that. I don’t know for sure, but I gather that I developed my desire to work on local, underdog races from Pat. Pat proved over and over again that he can run and win an underdog campaign with significantly less resources. Pat will be truly missed.

  39. - Aviva Gibbs - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 10:58 am:

    Pat was a dear friend, colleague, and mentor to so many. In the last heartbreaking 12+ hours, I have had more conversations that started with “If it weren’t for Pat Botterman…” than i can count. I feel lucky to have known him, and truly blessed to call him Friend. What an unthinkable and monumental loss. You’re in our prayers, Pat.

  40. - Dan Thomann - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 10:59 am:

    In the short time I had the pleasure of working with Pat he always impressed me not only with his ability and his character, but also with his personality and heart. Pat taught me a lot, he was a friend to me during a rough time, and I will miss him dearly.

  41. - Joe Cross - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 10:59 am:

    I worked with Pat on my first campaign when I was just a college student. He always treated me as a part of the team and gave me the same respect that he showed everybody else. It’s largely thanks to Pat that I decided to make campaigns my life work… and now I’ll work ten times harder in order to make sure that his legacy never dies.

    I’ll miss you Pat.

  42. - ElaObserver - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 11:05 am:

    Pat was there, helping my wife’s campaign, back when there were few others. We got to know Pat since then, and he taught us how local politics works. I hope I was able to return the favor over the past (too) few years. We’re still in shock.

  43. - Doug O' - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 11:11 am:

    Pat was a smart and fearless campaigner and the most loyal friend any guy could ever ask for. I owe a lot to Pat, including my own start in campaigns and Democratic politics. He was my mentor, co-conspirator, and especially friend at WIU. Throughout my professional life, whether on campaigns, on the Hill, or fighting for the needy, I knew I could count on Pat for good advice and reliable help. He will truly be missed for his Irish wit (and that damn grin that he got one over on you), his brilliance, his fight to the end toughness, and of course his work ethic. My deepest sympathies go out to Pat’s family - you are in my prayers - and to all of you that fought alongside, or against Pat, in the political world. There was no better friend, or no more noble an advesary. Peace my friend. — DLO’

  44. - Mia - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 11:34 am:

    Pat was my first “boss” on the campaign trail back on 1997 - and that led to many opportunity’s to work and of course drink together:) But more importantly he became my friend.

    And of course as we are both members of the Kurth Lampe team he was really more like my political family. Pat got me to take jobs that I never would have taken simply because he asked - and it was always a privilege to work with him…and lord did he keep you laughing - even when you were exhausted, irritated with your candidate for not doing call time or in full blown melt down…he made you laugh so hard your stomach hurt….

    What you gained from working with Pat was un measurable but that I got to call Pat friend and family was more valuable than anything else…

    We had drinks planned soon to “debrief” post primary…Pat I’m going to go out and have that drink and the whole conversation and know that you are listening…

    I love you and miss you my friend….

  45. - Mike P./ porte - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 11:38 am:

    Pat gave me chance to run for office and work with a great orgnization. I will always be thankful for that experience, the friendship, and the knowledge he gave me. He was one of a kind

  46. - Lloyd Betourney - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 11:38 am:

    It saddens me deeply to sit down to write this. Pat was one of my best friends and one of the most capable and effective political operatives I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. For over ten years we fought a number of good political fights together, enjoyed many laughs.

    I was particualrly looking forward to this week as he was to come aboard with my firm for several months to assist us on a number of projects we had going. We talked the morning he passed — making final arrangements for his start the next day. (that was supposed to be today.)I was very pleased to have him back with us — not only for his expertise and moxie, but because we always had a good time working together.

    Pat was a rarity in the political business, but there was so much more to him than his political prowess. His loyalty, integrity, commitment to always do what was right, his sense of fairness, concern and trust-worthiness was unsurpassed.

    I remember reading somewhere that each of us are essentially three people. The person we perceive ourselves to be; the one others believe us to be and the person we really are — the one God knows us to be. Perhaps the person that Pat really is has now been revealed to him. I cannot speak for what others in his life felt — though I know no one who did not respect him for who he was and what he brought to the table. As for myself I can say only that my life has been richer, fuller — professionally and personally — for having known him. He was a true, beloved friend and colleague. I shall miss him, alot.

  47. - Juan Rodriguez - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 12:42 pm:

    Pat was one the first people I met as a freshman at WIU. I had just moved into my room and I was unpacking when I heard a knock at the door. There was pat introducing himself and asking me to sign a petition! I supported him when he was Student Government President(2 terms) and stayed in contact with him over the years. He was bright, brilliant and insightful. His advice was sound and on target. Our party is better because of him. People talk about “change” as if it is a new concept. To Pat, “change” was always at the heart of what he was about. We could use more people like Pat. Que descanses en paz. -

  48. - Dave Horwich - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 12:58 pm:

    I first met Pat when I was an intern in 1996 and, like many, owe quite a bit to him over the years. He was an original, and I enjoyed every conversation and encounter.

    The amazing thing about him, besides his encyclopedic knowledge, was that you could go for months without talking to him and pick right back up as if no time had passed at all. I learned so much from him, from the trivial to the more important lesson of what it truly means to put your all into something because it is the right thing to do.

    I will miss the laughs, the sarcasm, and the wise counsel. Those of us who have worked with him and been lucky enough to have gotten to know him are truly better for it.

  49. - Mike Truppa - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 1:00 pm:

    My first memory of Pat was the fierce glare in his eyes, boring a hole right through me, after I said something profoundly stupid. I figured Pat must think I didn’t belong in his world.

    I would soon learn just how dumb I could be. In the months and years to come, I discovered that, beyond Pat’s strategic prowess, his quick wit, his wry smile and his personal grit, his greatest strength was the spirit of belonging he fostered among his friends and teammates.

    Once you were part of Pat’s team, you were the beneficiary of a bond that would withstand job changes, distance and time, itself. He was infinitely loyal, abundantly talented and riotously funny. And he will be dearly missed.

    We have lost a true leader. My sympathies to his family, friends and loved ones.

  50. - Nick Palmer - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 1:02 pm:

    Pat Botterman was one of a kind. I write this with a heavy heavy heart today. I do feel some comfort in reading everyone’s comments because you all knew the guy that I knew. He was everyone’s “best friend.”

    I met Pat Botterman at the July 4th Arlington Heights parade in 1997. From that day on I have traveled many roads with Pat in Illinois politics. We won some and we lost some, but we always had a great time in fighting the good fights. I was always interested to hear Pat’s latest story about what was going on in NW Cook, Chicago, or Illinois politics (and even the national scene). Can you imagine what he would be saying about Gov. Spitzer???

    He always was plugged in to what was happening and Pat could read the political battlefield like no one else.

    Most importantly, Pat did it his way. Yes, he said whatever was on his mind, unlike many of us. He was opinionated, but he was clear in what he believed. This confidence in his beliefs may have cost him better paying jobs or some people’s support, but he had everyone’s respect. He lived his life to the fullest, and it is way too soon to be saying goodbye to such a dear friend.

    Illinois politics will not be the same. I know that I would not be where I am today with the mentorship, the friendship, and the care of this great man.

    Pat - I love you and we will not be the same without you. God Bless you and the Botterman family.

  51. - Rep. John Fritchey - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 1:19 pm:

    Visitation will be held for Pat as follows:

    Friday, March 14
    3:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

    Glueckert Funeral Home
    1520 North Arlington Heights Road
    Arlington Heights, Illinois

  52. - Prairie Sage - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 1:22 pm:

    I’ve started to write here a dozen times, and find no words. I have nothing better to add, just wanted to add my name to those grieving for a good friend and a great example of how politics is supposed to be played.

  53. - Susan Gorski Preissing - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 1:25 pm:

    What a selfless, caring individual. Anyone who knew him was very lucky. I am a better person for knowing him. Pat was truly amazing. As a unexperienced individual running for a local school board 5 years ago, Pat (behind the scenes and without being asked)stepped up and helped this Arl. Hts. native achieve her goal. I hope we all carry on his commitment to and compassion for others.

  54. - Chris Lawrence - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 1:42 pm:

    Simply put, Pat represented the best of those involved in Politics. He struck me as a someone who would always do the hard right rather than the easy wrong, and never shied away from fighting the good cause.

    He will be sorely missed.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his many friends, his siblings, and his mother.

    May he rest in peace.

  55. - Kraig W - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 1:42 pm:

    I have known Pat since 1983; we were students at WIU together. We had offices next to each other in the student union. Pat, of course, was active in Student Government and I was a graduate student at the time.

    I so vividly and fondly recall our many “political” discussions and shall always be grateful for Pat’s friendship and putting a smile on my face.

    God Bless you Pat!

  56. - Services for Pat - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 1:52 pm:

    Arrangements for Pat Botterman:

    Friday, March 14, 2008 — 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Glueckert Funeral Home
    1520 North Arlington Heights Road
    Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
    (847) 253-0168

    Funeral Mass
    Saturday, March 15, 2008 — 9:30 a.m.
    Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church
    34 West Park Street
    Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
    (847) 253-5353

  57. - Leo Robert Klein - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 2:09 pm:

    I’m truly sorry to hear this. I looked forward to his emails announcing events.

  58. - Jan Czarnik - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 2:12 pm:

    What a loss. In addition to his decency and loyalty, he was so politically brilliant and brave and so funny, he was like our own Jon Stewart. I’ll remember his “Private Dancer” line forever.

  59. - Janie I Morrison - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 2:16 pm:

    It’s so sad that you have left all of us. We will all miss you and remember what a great friend you were to everyone.

    Thanks for all the sweet memories…..

  60. - Jim Green - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 2:34 pm:

    Pat was my friend and mentor! I learned a lot about politics from him and I will miss him everyday! Rest in Peace Pat, we will meet again someday!

  61. - WTDO Tom - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 2:35 pm:

    I was stunned to learn of Pat’s passing. Reading the comments posted above, you begin to understand how many people he helped and how highly they all thought of him. I regret that I never told him how much I admired his dedication and all that he did for our community. He left us way too soon. The best tribute we can pay his memory is to emulate him.

  62. - Earl Nicholas - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 2:37 pm:

    I’m just adding my name to the list. Everyone else has said it so well and shared so many details of what made Pat great. He made me a better person and I guess that is the best thing a true friend can do.

  63. - Nancy Shepherdson - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 2:43 pm:

    When I was running for state rep in 2004, Pat wrote all of my campaign materials, free of charge. We met regularly around midnight at the consolidated campaign office in Waukegan where he was living on soda and pizza and helping every Democratic campaign he could. I was one of those underdogs that he so loved to champion. Now, unfortunately, we all have to take up Pat’s cause and help every candidate we can. And we must truly believe, as Pat did, that every good candidate can win!

  64. - Kay C - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 2:58 pm:

    I worked with Pat on Scott Waguespack’s campaign and learned how brilliant, committed and insightful he was. One of my fondest images of Pat is the “cat who ate the canary” look he’d get whenever he learned a fresh bit of information that would affect the campaign. He’d spin around in his chair with that look and you just knew a great tale was about to be told, an incisive strategy was about to be laid out or someone was gonna get “set straight.”

    For us in the 32nd ward, Pat left an invaluable legacy of freeing us from the corrupt tyranny of the 80-year Rostenkowski machine. We will be forever in his debt.

    Bless you, Pat.

  65. - Thutmose - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:00 pm:

    He accompanied me on my first - and only - dumpster dive. Great guy, great heart and great friend. The Democratic Party is not as strong today without Patrick.

  66. - Rob Kelter - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:09 pm:

    Botterman was never one lacking in opinion and he never hesitated to say what was on his mind. Boy I’ll miss that!

    At a time and in a state where everyone is afraid to do the right thing because of the political consequences, Pat never hesitated to take on Goliath regardless of the risk. He was the one person you knew would take on the biggest guns without batting an eye. I’ll always miss you my friend.

  67. - Julie - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:12 pm:

    May we do right by you Mr. Botterman.

  68. - Dave S. - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:13 pm:

    Pat C. nailed it perfectly in his post…There are so many of us who learned so much from Pat, laughed so much with him….and worked so hard for him….I can say that I have not made a professional decision in my young career without talking to botterman about it. And while on a campaign and being in a jam, he was always there to give advice. Loyal as can be….there is no one in this game I would rather sit in a fox hole with. My prayers are with everyone with a heavy heart today….

  69. - PDU - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:16 pm:

    Pat was an inspiration in doing the right thing. He backed the people everyone else was afraid to. He was a sounding board in times of frustration, and a great person to celebrate accomplishments with as well. He will be missed.

  70. - Mark Walker - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:36 pm:

    Have been heartsick all day. I considered Pat my best friend, like many others did. He was an amazingly ethical, and perceptive person, who always fought for what was right. My own life and goals would be different without his encouragement, and we will all miss him.

  71. - Nick Loscar - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:43 pm:

    Pat was a great guy and THE most loyal person you could ever meet in politics and life. I met him during the 2004 presidential campaign and from then on we’ve never lost touch. Through working on various campaigns and going to DLC National Conversations each year I learned much and laughed a lot with Pat.

    But Pat wasn’t just a great person in politics but in all of life. And after being invited to his home for dinner I can tell you he was one heck of a cook too! His humor was contagious (Upon hearing the DLC National Conversation would be in Chicago this year he joked with me how Al From screwed us out of a free trip), his breadth of knowledge was astonishing, his work ethic humbling, and his loyalty was awe-inspiring. He was one of my best friends and inspirations.

    Thank you for taking a chance on a working class kid from Waukegan who knew nothing about politics when you met him.

  72. - Andrew Krupp - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:46 pm:

    As I sit in this mix of sadness and shock, I wish I had the ability to put into words my feelings. I have known Pat for 14 years and I always kept asking him the same question. “What can I do to thank you for all your help you have given me over the years?” He wouldn’t take money or free food. He just enjoyed putting people together to fill a need or solve a problem. I will miss his unique insights on local politics and his surprise visits. May his memory always be a blessing

  73. - Michael Carroll - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:53 pm:

    The outpouring of adoration and respect I have seen during this terrible time has not surprised me, but it has moved my heart.

    Pat Botterman was one of my dearest friends and my political mentor, helping guide me through some of the most difficult times in my life.

    Today we have lost a man of rare quality. Many will miss his expertise and generosity, and many will miss his counsel and poise under fire. But what I will miss most will be our talks late at night on the campaign trail, where Pat seemed impervious to any disaster, always armed with the right answer or next move.

    True of heart and filled with passion Patrick Botterman inspired so many, including myself, to fight for what we believed in; giving strength and purpose to so many lives.

    I will always remember him as a lion slayer, a man without fear. And I too can only hope that the life I lead, the life he helped make possible, makes him proud.

    I will never forget you P.B. You’re the best I ever saw.

  74. - Gideon Blustein - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:54 pm:

    When I first got involved in politics in Illinois, I was calling Pat at least once a day (sometimes more) to ask for advice, reassurance and guidance. He always gave willingly and freely and was a true mentor. What strikes me most about Pat (and it is evident in the messages others have left here too) is that he never asked for anything in return. In the back of my mind I think I always figured some day I’d be able to repay him for everything he did for me. Hopefully in some small way I can do that in how I conduct myself professionally and personally.

    Patrick, thank you for being such a great teacher, mentor and friend.

  75. - Thom Mannard - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 3:56 pm:

    Basically everything I could say about Patrick has already been said by others, so let me simply say how much Pat will be missed by all of us. I grew up in Arlington like Patrick and first met him in the summer of 1988 at a Palatine Township Democratic meeting. I think there were a total of about 10 people at the meeting. Well 20 years later Democrats and Democratic elected officials can be found all over the north and northwest suburbs in Cook and Lake Counties and if there is one person who was instrumental in making this happen it was Patrick.

    I’ll miss you buddy.

  76. - Gaby - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 4:03 pm:

    I had the great fortune of working with him on a campaign. Whenever he saw me stressed, or overwhelmed, he would do this ridiculous version of the ‘cabbage patch.’ I know it sounds silly, but he would say “now, lean over, dont bend your knees, just sway your hips and move side to side.” Anything for a laugh, anything to let us know it was going to be ok. I imagine he’s thinking the same thing now.. Utterly selfless, even in his depart.

  77. - Matt Ryan - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 4:33 pm:

    Everything said in previous posts is a tribute to Pat. I have been around this business since the eighties and no one was more sincere and dedicated to his profession than Pat.

    His integrity and intuitiveness were unsurpassed. He will truly be missed. My prayers are with his family and the legions of close friends he leaves behind.

  78. - Jackie Jones Traynere - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 4:53 pm:

    I was lucky to meet Pat in 1996 when he was working on Sen. Link’s campaign. He was amazing with his instinct for making the right choices. He helped my learn that you have to have a thick skin to survive in this business. God bless you and keep you close Pat, you will be missed.

  79. - northernwatersports - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 5:01 pm:

    Ditto to each of the earlier comments.

    Having known PB for such a short time, I know he will be missed, but never forgotten. His legacy will remain in the minds of each person he worked with, for, and against. I would hope that each of us take moment to remember those qualities about Pat that made each of us a better person:

    Committed (no matter the odds!)

    I will not forget how those qualities affected me personally. Most importantly, how they came to influence multiple generations of individuals who now go forward to work on implementing Pats long list of chores…….

    “Don’t talk about Loyalty…Show Me!”
    “Win or lose….be humble…people remember that.”
    “Work harder than the other candidate!”
    “Never let an election go uncontested!”
    “If you’re in politics for yourself…GET OUT NOW!
    “Listen to the voice inside you…its usually right”
    “Be part of the process, part of the solution….not part of the problem”

    Pat lived his life as many of us try to each and every day, and we are all thankful for having been fortunate to have know him.

    My deepest sympathy to his family, and his long list of friends. We will miss you Pat, but we will not forget.

  80. - Mickie Polk - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 5:14 pm:

    You will be greatly missed.

  81. - MCK - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 5:23 pm:

    Like everyone else, I am just heartsick and shocked over the loss of Pat. I first met him in 1995 and we became fast friends. I loved his dry wit, sarcasm and biting sense of humor as much as his kind spirit, generosity and goodness. He always focused on doing the right thing, regardless of the consequences. I will miss you, my Prince. -Queenie

  82. - Ray Berry - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 5:29 pm:

    Pat was an American first and then a Democrat. He was never a party hack - several politicians will attest to that! I rememeber several comments Pat made over the years. One that stands out, in the days after 9/11, he emphasized that we all want George Bush to succeed in countering the terrorist threat. I also enjoyed his sense of humor. Last year he was able to join me and my Pub Crawl group in Burlington, Wisconsin for the evening and we all had a great time. As mentioned several times, he eagerly sought out working for the underdog if he believed in that person or issue. He was a great example of what we all should strive for as Americans. I had always assumed Pat would be working on campaigns far after I was not around. He will be greatly missed.

  83. - Loren Hess - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 5:32 pm:

    I am grateful to have known and worked with Pat Botterman. When I heard of his passing I was saddened.

    I realize that, truthfully, “He may not even have remembered me.” Still, I had the good fortune of working with Pat on many campaigns, but I was only a coordinator and proof-reader for the projects with which our firm was involved. I always enjoyed hearing his voice at the other end of the line on a phone call, because I always appreciated his distinct wit.

    On second thought, perhaps Pat WOULD have remembered me. He was definitely that kind of guy: always on-the mark!

    I hope Pat’s remembrance of me is positive.

    Because I will always remember him fondly.

  84. - Hal Snyder - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 5:51 pm:

    Thanks for welcoming me into the lively & boisterous realm of local politics, Pat, and telling me with a smile to stay out of trouble. We’ll miss you.

  85. - Wheeling Township Republican - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 6:35 pm:

    I did not really know Mr. Botterman but I was very saddened this morning to hear of his passing.

    Reading these comments, it is obvious he was loved by many and that is a great testament to what kind of person he must have been.

    I hope his family and friends find comfort in this difficult time.

  86. - Matt Flamm - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 6:57 pm:

    When I told Pat that my wife and I were housing a campaign staff member for Melissa Bean, Pat growled, “If he’s doing it right, you’ll never see him.” That was Pat - the unvarnished truth. We’ll miss his honesty, his tirelessness and his dedication to Democratic politics.

  87. - Zoe Thiel - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 7:23 pm:

    He will be missed.

    Pat’s dedication, insight and humor were unmatched. I am grateful to have had the chance to work with him when I did.

    My condolences to all those whose lives he touched.

  88. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 7:59 pm:

    What an amazing person and mentor. When you are down and out and no one is returning your calls Pat was always there. Pat always gave advice about politics, however more importantly he gave excellent advice about life. Anyone who was friends with him received the same treatment. I can’t imagine life without Pat around, however he would get annoyed with any comment like that and make fun of you. Pat…you will always be missed whether you like it or not, and you will always be in the prayers of many.

    Love ya buddy.

  89. - Thomas Flannigan - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 8:09 pm:

    I just learned about this and I am stunned. There was nobody like him in this part of the world and I do not expect to meet his likes again but if I do, it will be because of his leadership. He was one of the most down to earth people I have ever met. Back in 2005, I was out at the Wheeling Democrats’ office on a cold Saturday morning, getting signatures for my wife. I had dragged two kids-one of them sick-to the office because my wife had to be in a firm retreat downtown. Pat watched the sick little one for couple of minutes while I got signatures, including one from Dan Seals! I ran into him in the parking lot 20 minutes later and asked if Democrats had a chance this time. He said: “If you believe in something, anything is possible.” That is all he said. Vintage Botterman! Patrick, you will be missed but never forgotten!
    Thomas Flannigan

  90. - Jnet - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 8:13 pm:

    I was completely shocked and saddened by the news and it’s difficult to compose this without tears. I’ve known Pat for over 10 years, but worked more closely with him for the past four years. He was, by far, one of the most intelligent people I’d ever met, and his hardcore motivation and dedication was so inspiring.

    I’ll miss his phone calls at the office, with our conversation that usually ended with him telling me to “stay out of trouble”. I’ll never forget the year I didn’t make it to the polls to vote. He had asked if I made the time to go, knowing the crazy amount of hours I was working. Knowing full well what was coming, I quietly said, “Well…. no, but….” I did not have time to complete the sentence, but since that talk, my admiration and respect for him deepened even more.

    My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

    I’ll never forget you, Pat. You always made the political chaos entertaining. You will be greatly missed.

  91. - Dennis Mushol - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 8:29 pm:

    I first met Pat on the Waguespack campaign. I also worked for him on the Mark Pera campaign. I found him intelligent, insightful and a gutsy political strategist, I liked the way he did things and his thought process. We shared some good times and laughs in those two elections. I was so sad to hear today of his passing.

    He fought the good fight. This fall will be a lonelier election without Pat.

  92. - Patrick McConville - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 8:40 pm:

    Pat was probably one of the best people to work with. He gave me one of the first real jobs in a campaign, and I will always be gratetful for that opportunity he gave me. He always was there with an answer if I had a question, and was always looking out for me. I will truely miss him.

    ~Patrick J. McConville

  93. - Jordan Raubolt - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:01 pm:

    Pat Botterman was the most authentic and dynamic person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with. Thank you Pat for all of your support and words of encouragement and for teaching me how to fight for what I believe in.

  94. - Bill Cadigan - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:33 pm:

    I heard there was something of an Irish wake being held here for Pat Botterman and I wanted to join his many friends in expressing my sadness at his sudden passing.
    Pat and I first met on the Arlington High School freshman soccer practice field in August 1978. The friendship forged during those blistering hot two a day practices grew into a good humored rivalry during junior year history class and Mr. Sheahan’s weekly Friday current events quiz for extra credit.
    Although a proud and loyal Democrat, Pat was generouous and kindhearted to his many Republican friends too. Pat Botterman was living proof that politics can be honorable.
    I will miss him greatly and offer heartfelt sympathies to his family as they remember him and pay tribute to Pat’s rich life.

  95. - Jaimey Sexton - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 9:50 pm:

    I met Pat 2 years ago on the Kotowski campaign. I cold called the campaign after the Tribune endorsed Dan, I introduced myself as a phone vendor for democratic campaigns, to which Pat said, ‘It’s your lucky %^$*ing day Mr. Sexton. We’re looking for phones.’ After a price quote and a few calls to my references, he called back and asked me to meet him to lay out the paid phone plan for the Kotowski. On that day, I gained a mentor and a dear friend.
    This afternoon I was in Washington DC, and found myself in front of the Mayflower hotel. I decided to go to the bar, to have a drink and toast the life of Pat. As I sat with my glass in front of me, I began to laugh to myself. I wondered what Pat would think of someone toasting his life in the bar of the hotel where the Governor of New York saw his political career end in the company of an escort in room 817. Pat would laugh out loud at the irony.
    Pat, thank you for the laughs, the battles won and lost, and the faith you had in me, and in so many others. Your shoes will never be filled.

  96. - M Sussman - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 10:01 pm:

    I am stunned… I was looking forward to working with Pat this fall. As I got to know Pat, I became awestruck at the number of campaigns that he worked on and the influence he had in politics. He was a great human being and I will miss him.

  97. - THE ROCHE FAMILY - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 10:17 pm:


  98. - pat corcoran - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 10:32 pm:

    I just wanted to add something about the charitable acts that Pat would do because I was thinking today about how Pat had all these pairs of gloves in his car this one time. I asked him about it/made fun of him about it - he had bought a whole box of them and would give them out to homeless people that he saw when he was out driving around. Unbelievable… He once told me he spent his Friday night driving a car-full of nuns to and from a Christmas party in Barrington.

  99. - Eric Davis - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 11:06 pm:

    What to say that hasn’t been said - except that one can never be remembered by too many people. I also met Pat in person at YearlyKos, but had met him by phone and online before that. I’ve been doing campaigns since the late 80s and as many have said he struck me right away as the best that a professional in this business can be. Intensely hardworking, dedicated but with a dry sense of humor, a tough but fair fighter who never forgot WHY he was supporting someone.

    I was offline all day and just found this online. Especially as someone his vintage in politics, it really gives us pause.

    Make sure - you who are reading these - that you follow Pat’s example. Work with such quality that a list this long follows you someday, too.

    I’m sorry I didn’t get to know you better, Pat and the love here compounds that.

  100. - Kitty Kurth - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 11:10 pm:

    First, Dan Kotowski is totally right that Botterman wouldn’t want us all saying all these nice things about him. Tough. Here goes: loyal, dedicated, hardworking, brilliant, hilarious.

    Like most of you on the blog, I am stunned, saddened and can not begin to express how I will miss Patrick. My life would have been so much poorer without Pat in it. And I wouldn’t have my husband or my business.

    I met Patrick Botterman and Kevin Lampe at the same time, over the phone, in 1994 when I was the Campaign SWAT team person for the DCCC in Washington. They were trying to beat longtime Republican Congressman Phil Crane in what is now Melissa Bean’s district. I was trying to convince them that Madeleine Doubek and the Daily Herald would be much more interested in the story they were pitching than the Tribune would be. They didn’t listen and the Tribune buried the story. This was the first of many a heated political discussion over the years. I lost the arguement, but I ended up with a husband and a Botterman.

    On my wedding day, Botterman got me to the church on time. And then he went back and got the veil that I had forgotten.

    Kevin and I have worked with Pat on many issues, campaigns, and “special projects.” I would love to share my best stories, but I really can’t put them in print, even on the “internets.”

    To all of you who Pat mentored, go out and recruit three more. We will need a huge Democratic team to make up for not having Pat here to work with us on the fall campaign.

    To those of you who know my husband, please give him a hug. He will need it to go forward without Pat.

    To his Mom and family, I am so, so sorry. Thank you for sharing Patrick with the world. He made a difference.

  101. - amy brennan - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 11:14 pm:

    I don’t think i’ll ever work with someone like Pat again. Who else would be the 1st person to arrive at the campaign in the morning, last person to leave at night (and of course, he knew the night cleaning help by name), the one to make a wicked funny joke, the one to know the targeting of the district inside & out, the one to know a campaign message instinctively, the one to have the perfect sound bite for the reporters, the one to line up scores of walkers for the weekend, the one to know where the $$ was hidden & how best to grab it, the one to literally wipe down the phones with purell/ lysol because he hated a germy office, the one to talk a candidate off the ledge, the one to make the volunteers laugh & didn’t BS them.

    How does anyone match that?
    I will never know anyone like Botterman.
    God bless you Pat & your family.

  102. - Howard Handler - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 11:22 pm:

    The Pioneer Press is accepting written memorials about Pat here:,g5-bottermanmemorial-031308-s1.article

    They also have a great article on Pat and the end of the article details donation information for the “Pat Botterman Scholarship Fund” at Harper College where Pat was a Trustee:,pa-botterman2-031108-s1.article

  103. - Bill Kelley-Harper College Trustee - Tuesday, Mar 11, 08 @ 11:47 pm:

    Like so many others, I owe Pat Botterman. More than anyone else, Pat was instrumental in my election to the Harper Board in 2003. His selflessness was epitomized by the amount of time and guidance he sacrificially gave to get me elected. Although never spoken I understood the only thing he expected in return was for me to be true to my principles. He became one of my best friends and most trusted advisors.
    I had the distinct privilege of serving with him on the Harper Board and like all my fellow trustees, had nothing but the utmost respect for his insights, counsel and commitment to our students and our community.
    Although I quickly grew to love, admire, and respect Pat for his courage, tenacity, honor, generosity and integrity, I now feel like I did upon the passing of Mike Royko-embarassed not to realize I was in the presence of greatness-instead just enjoying the ride.
    Thank you all for this realization!
    Pat’s legacy will live on in all of us whose lives he touched and inspired. Let’s make him proud!

  104. - Ray Suelzer - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 1:44 am:


    You have always been such a great resource to me. Thanks for helping me out this weekend, I am sorry I never got a chance to thank you properly.

    I am still shocked over this.

  105. - Lauren - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 1:50 am:

    Chair, Tenth Congressional District Democrats

    Dear Tenth Dems Family and Friends:

    By now many of you know that Patrick Botterman, the Wheeling Township Democratic Committeeman, died yesterday (Monday) of a heart attack. He was only 44, but he lived a very full and meaningful life.

    When I first heard this news, I literally couldn’t believe it. My husband and I had just been talking and laughing with him Monday at a lunch in Chicago hosted by Mayor Daley. I also sat with Pat later that afternoon at a strategy meeting with a half-dozen people. He was his usual smart, funny, intellectual, and brilliantly strategic self. When I got a call with the news a few hours later, I was absolutely stunned.

    Pat has been a friend for many years. He was working on local Democratic races in our area way before we started electing so many Democrats in Chicago’s north and northwest suburbs…and was a major part of the strategy to get us there. Pat was the Committeeman for Wheeling Township, one of the 12 townships that make up the 10th Congressional District, and a talented and important leader in our area.

    I remember talks with him when I served as the only Democratic state legislator in Springfield from Lake County, and now, with his significant help, there are six! There were no Democratic legislators from northwestern Cook until recent years. As many of you know, he managed State Senator Dan Kotowski’s (Tenth Dems Political Courage Award recipient in 2007) great winning campaign in ‘06. We’ve come a long way in our area, and Pat was a major reason why.

    Pat was truly a rare breed in the political arena. He was blessed not only with great ideas, but with the ability to actually turn them into action. And an unmatched work ethic. Pat was simultaneously a brilliant political strategist, a top field/GOTV coordinator (whose ability to know the targeting in a district seemed innate), and a manager extraordinaire, with an unusual ability to motivate both candidates and volunteers alike.

    Pat was no political hack — he worked the campaigns and causes he believed in; he was fearless. With well-articulated public policy opinions that were spot-on, many of us would have liked him to run for higher office.

    Patrick Botterman was also a lot of fun to be around. I am honored to have called him a friend, and to have the fortune to have worked with him on so many campaigns. Democrats in the 10th District mourn the loss of one of our best and brightest.


    Visitation and Funeral Information:
    Visitation — Friday, March 14 / 3:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

    Glueckert Funeral Home
    1520 North Arlington Heights Road
    Arlington Heights, Illinois

    Funeral — Saturday, March 15, 2008 / 9:30 a.m.
    Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church
    34 West Park Street
    Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
    (847) 253-5353

  106. - Bill Ericksen - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 8:49 am:

    Pat Botterman has been one of my oldest friends, I knew him when he had a full head of hair. I have read through these comments and am so delighted to see how many lives he touched in the same way he touched mine.When we were in College together he was the same way. Always looking around to actively do something decent for others. He always was great company and would be constantly thinking ahead. After college we got together every weekend and when we started filling my home with kids Pat was their favorite babysitter. He was more than just a Political mechanic, he put the same effort in every human relationship he encountered. As I sit here stunned at the news, I can not recall a bad memory, an argument (except politics) or an unpleasent experience in the 26 years we were friends.

    He will be missed every day of my life.


  107. - Brett Smiley - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 9:20 am:


    You were a friend and mentor to me, like so many others. I had the opportunity to learn from you — both the ropes and where to find the humor in it all. Like Howard said, a champion of the underdog and a damn good campaigner on a shoestring.

  108. - Michael Steward - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 9:58 am:

    God bless you Patrick. I first met Patrick in 1999 when I was running for the Joliet Park District Board of Commissioners. Nick Palmer was my campaign manager and we waited until the last minute to purchase yard signs. I was in a panic but Nick assured me that Patrick could help.

    Patrick drove all the way down to Joliet at around 6:00am to be sure that I got those signs. He continued to give me sound advice even after that. I must attribute part of my victory in 1999 and 2003 to Patrick. That was an important time of my career and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of Patrick. God bless his family and rest in peace my friend…

  109. - Larry G - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 11:26 am:

    Pat, 2 things …
    1) We miss you dearly.
    2) There are some elections we need to win in November.

  110. - Kurt A. - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 1:32 pm:

    I worked across the hall from Patrick in Arlington Heights for a couple of years. He was truly a great guy. He knew I was very leery of any politicians, but I quickly found out that there were true and honest people in politics….that’s Patrick. He told me why he had a falling out with Dorothy Brown, and told me of some politicians who wanted to work with him, but he just ‘didn’t believe in them.’

    I heard him arguing many times over the phone, and I admired him more and more after these outbursts. He had a huge heart…and I’ll miss him very much, even though I didn’t really know him that well. I learned that that IS honest and loyal people involved in politics….thanks, Patrick!

  111. - Sandra Reed - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 1:44 pm:

    Pat’s voice will be truly missed. He was tenacious in fighting for the underdog. He fought a good fight and finish the race, so let us light the candle and allow his love and goodness to continually shine. God bless his family and friends.

  112. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 1:56 pm:

    To the deleted commenter. Please do not post entire articles or columns. That’s a copyright violation. A brief excerpt and a link will suffice. Thanks.

  113. - Story from the Chicago Tribune - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 1:58 pm:

    From today’s Chicago Tribune

  114. - Ann Limjoco - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 2:25 pm:

    I had the pleasure of working with Pat on a campaign. Pat is ONE OF A KIND. He was selfless and always genuinely helped people. He took people under his wing and gave them chances. And he did all this and expected nothing in return. That kind of person is hard to find. This world was a better place because Pat was in it.

    I will miss you Pat! I will miss chasing you and giving you my Ann hugs. You always loved them! My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  115. - Mary Kay O'Brien - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 4:37 pm:

    I have known Pat since 1984 - when we first met at WIU - I agree wholeheartedly with John Fritchey - Pat would never back away from a fight (boy I am glad I still graduated after some of the fights Pat helped embroil me in with WIU!) We had great times together, he was a good loyal guy and I know the whole gang from the Lincoln Lounge of the WIU union is shocked and saddened.

  116. - Michael Botterman - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 5:37 pm:

    I just finished reading all of your comments, I can assure you that they have given our family strength and comfort during this very difficult time. Having Patrick as a family member has always been a blessing, however, through your messages we are able to see that just having him in your life is a blessing. Many thanks for your kind words about a person who can never be replaced in my world.

  117. - Paula Lancaster - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 7:54 pm:

    Reading all these lovely comments has been a joy in an otherwise sad day. Like Mary Kay, I met Patrick at WIU, and I feel so lucky to have known him. Clearly he has had a profound effect on many, many people, and his tremendous character will never be forgotten. Mike, my heart aches for you and your wonderful family.

  118. - John and Dawn Devaney - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 8:41 pm:

    I have never met a man that could move a sofa with such great skill and precision. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Pat, we will miss you.

  119. - Laura (Pederson) Moffett - Wednesday, Mar 12, 08 @ 9:57 pm:

    What a shock that this wonderful person is no longer with us. He was a true friend of our family since childhood and he will surely be missed. We all adored him because he simply put smiles on our faces. He really was “one of a kind” , full of wit, and can never be replaced. My sincere condolences to his family.

  120. - Tara and Casey Botteramn - Thursday, Mar 13, 08 @ 1:08 am:

    Over the past couple of days I have intercepted phone calls for my father regarding the death of his younger brother Pat Botterman. Throughout these phone conversations, I have listened to several individuals express not only their condolences but also tales and appreciation for my uncle. Throughout these conversations, three distinct adjectives have stood out to me; down to earth, caring and a wonderful friend. I think these are three qualities individuals strive to possess, however there are few men who are able to achieve these wonderful features. Pat Botterman defied these though. As I have sat here and listened to story after story about his excellence, it is hard for me to not want to aspirer to his superiority. He was obviously a well respected man who touched the lives of many. I can not help but to grieve for those who have had the privilege of knowing him and those who loved him. Pat Botterman’s name seems to be synonymous with greatness and for that, I consider myself lucky to be able to call him an uncle. Since Monday, I have reflected on the time I spent with Pat and can not help to be saddened by the fact that I did not have the chance to learn more about him. However, the stories that have been shared with me have helped me keep his spirit alive; and for that, I thank all who have taken the time to reflect on their relationships with this wonderful man. On behalf of my brother and myself, I would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support and encourage more tales of this amazing person’s life. Pat Botterman will be missed; however, I know that he is being welcomed with open arms by his late father and brother to help watch over the rest of us. Together we will get through his sudden death and reminisce about the times we had with this young man. We love you uncle Pat and will always cherish the short amount of time we were able to spend with you.

  121. - Friend - Thursday, Mar 13, 08 @ 7:38 am:

    Miserére mei,
    Deus, secúndum magnam misericórdiam tuam;
    et secúndum multitúdinem miserationum tuárum: dele iniquitátem meam.
    Amplius lava me ab iniquitáte mea et a peccáto meo munda me.
    We hope to see you again. Pray for us still here.

  122. - Derek Moffett - Thursday, Mar 13, 08 @ 7:12 pm:

    The best oratory I have ever heard in person was delivered by Pat at my Brother in Law’s wedding. Pat was a very witty person, and as this blog confirms, a lovable person as they come. When I found out that Pat was gone I immediately thought about what a great loss this was to so many people. Pat will be missed. Our thoughts go to his wonderful family.

  123. - Karen Yarbrough - Thursday, Mar 13, 08 @ 10:27 pm:

    I was shocked at the untimely death of Pat! Just received a notice about the DLC Conversation being held in Chicago this year; I had planned to reach out to him.

    I first met Pat at the DLC Conversation in Denver. Seaching for a table at the conference, he motioned us over. We had a great conversation about politics, his philosophy on the same. Somebody else said it best: “he was a man of his word, and he only supported candidates that he believed in.”

    He took a lot of hits for being fiercely independent but believed in the purposes of which he worked so hard. What a guy!

    He will be missed.

  124. - Porter McNeil - Thursday, Mar 13, 08 @ 10:52 pm:

    I guess all of the positive attributes about Pat Botterman have been written on this site. I won’t ramble, but I want to say that it was my privilege to work with Pat during the 1998 John Schmidt for Governor campaign where I saw first-hand his passion for politics and his energy to charge hard toward his political goals. He had a big heart and a big enthusiasm for politics and the people the run along the campaign trail of life. So very sorry to hear about his untimely passing, and to the Botterman family please accept my sincere regrets.

  125. - Eden Thompson - Friday, Mar 14, 08 @ 3:14 am:

    I met Pat three times while vistiting from Australia and all three times he took the time to talk and update me on the latest in US politics and was always interested on what was happening in Australia both from a personal and political perspective. After reading the above comments it is obvious he will truly missed by not only those who knew him but by those whose lives were improved by his tireless work in keeping what we call in Australia “the bastards honest”

  126. - Gary Friedlander - Friday, Mar 14, 08 @ 9:05 pm:

    I am truly in shock and deeply saddened. I am, however, very grateful for having known Pat and for having the chance to work with him and spend time with him - albeit, all too little time.

    “There is no such thing as a ’self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts.” -George Matthew Adams

    Pat, as a mentor and friend, has certainly entered into the make-up of my character and thoughts.

    The comments posted on this blog, and the gathering I witnessed today at the visitation - are proof that Pat will live on through so many that he touched in his all too brief life.

  127. - Anonymous - Saturday, Mar 22, 08 @ 11:44 am:

    I Knew the political side of Pat but can’t forget the personal and fun side. Though I only knew you for a very short time our talks and are time together will always be forever in my heart. I won’t forget you funny jokes or that one special we shared kiss under the full moon on Lake Michigan.
    Miss You Pat
    Anita D

  128. - Anita D - Saturday, Mar 22, 08 @ 12:00 pm:

    Even though I knew Pat for just a short time he was the kind of person people felt comfortable around. I will never forget our friendship and the time we spent together. I will always remember that magical kiss under the full moon on Lake Michigan.
    I Miss You Pat and Always Will

    Anita D

  129. - Ron Molinaro - Thursday, Mar 27, 08 @ 12:53 pm:

    My dear friend you have been gone for two weeks now. I find myself reaching for the phone to call you, to ask for your advice. I owe my entire career to you. Words cannot express how thankful I am you are my friend. Till we meet again. W.W.B.D. (What Would Bottermen Do)
    God Bless You.

  130. Pingback Wheeling Dems donor drive - 50 state strategy in action « Illinois Reason - Thursday, May 8, 08 @ 5:02 pm:

    […] His most recent campaign was one with which the “netroots” are quite familiar — managing the Mark Pera for Congress primary campaign. Before that, he also helped elect Democratic State Senator Dan Kotowski to a northwest suburban seat that had been held by Republicans for nearly a century and a half. Pat knew both defeat and victory (more often defeat given his penchant for the underdog) and as one of his friends noted after his passing, he was even-keeled in both. […]

  131. Pingback Faithfully Liberal - » Seven more days… - Monday, May 12, 08 @ 12:02 pm:

    […] Seven more days… By Aaron Krager to reach our goal of $750 for the Wheeling Township Democratic organization. The support thus far means a lot and with your help we can raise $750 to help the organization pay for a months worth of rent, supplies and to pay their bills. The organization was run by Pat Botterman before his death in March. He helped give people in the suburbs of Chicago a choice on election day with good Democrats on the ballot. He helped dozens (at least) of young and idealistic kids find their first political job; including myself. He was one of the best but I will let other people’s comments speak to his good will: I had the privilege of becoming friends with Pat just a year and a half ago, during Scott Waguespack’s aldermanic campaign. We mercilessly — but always good-naturedly — teased one another about our polar political views (he the staunch Democrat, I the staunch conservative, in harness together to defeat a corrupted incumbent). Pat didn’t judge people based upon which side of the aisle they sat on, but on whether they stood on the side of Right or Wrong. […]

  132. Pingback Fundraiser: Keep your friendly neighborhood Dems up & running « Illinois Reason - Monday, May 12, 08 @ 12:09 pm:

    […] As if you needed a reminder of Pat’s impact on our little neck of the woods, check out the impromptu eulogies left at Capitol Fax when Rich Miller reported on his death… A lot of heartfelt mourning, for good reason, from Dems, Republicans, family and friends. […]

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