Billy Hogan Surprised Birthday Party

A large crowd of friends and family gathered at Ciao Napoli, a hot new pizza and pasta restaurant in Logan Square (owned by Bill Hogan's son) to surprise Bill Hogan and celebrate his 70th birthday. From Jim Belushi to the Shannon Rovers, everyone drank a toast to one of Chicago's great labor leaders. Hogan was head of the Teamsters in the Chicgoland area and as Chairman of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, was instrumental in working with business to grow the convention and tourism industry in Chicago.  He also was the moving force behind the growth of the movie industry in Illinois, working with Hollywood studios to bring filming to illinois and more specifically, to Chicago.  There has been no more popular or effective labor leader  than Bill Hogan, and his many friends and large family showed their love and appreciation on this wonderful occasion.

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