Thomas Charles Hynes

November 5, 1938May 4, 2019

Thomas C. Hynes, 80, passed away Saturday May 4, 2019.

Devoted husband of 55 years to Judith A. Hynes (Maher); loving father of Cecilia Griffin (Cheever), Thomas (Carol), Daniel (Christina) and Matthew (Mari), cherished grandfather of 10 beautiful grandchildren David, Clare, Matthew, Benjamin, Anna, Charlie, Liam, Finley, Trudie and Thomas Joseph (TJ). Dear Brother of Timothy, Jack the late Robert and the late William Hynes.

Thomas was the proud son of Irish immigrants the late William and Kathleen Hynes (Dowd). Thomas served a distinguished career in government including as Illinois State Senator, President of the State Senate and Assessor of Cook County.

Visitation Wednesday May 8, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St. John Fisher Church 10234 S. Washtenaw Ave. Chicago. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday May 9, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at St. John Fisher Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Thomas and Judith Hynes Scholarship Fund at St. Ignatius College Prep. Donations can be mailed to 1076 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL 60608 or made on-line at Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the HYNES family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, May 9, 2019


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Michael McGreal

May 19, 2019

Very sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Michael McGreal
Ft. Myers, Fl.

Doug Whitley

May 10, 2019

I met Senator Tom Hynes when I arrived in the Capitol fresh out of college in 1973. He was a welcoming, gracious, informed, engaging and encouraging a public servant as one could ask for as a friend, a mentor and a professional. Our careers were intertwined during the succeeding decades as much of my early career was devoted to Illinois tax policy and many visits with President and Assessor Hynes. Tom Hynes had a knack for recruiting and keeping talented staff who represented him and his offices with dignity and respectability. He was friendly, approachable and a good listener who projected a genuine desire for making good public policy decisions and representing the interests of "good government", a term we don't hear very much in contemporary times.

He was an elected official for whom the term "Honorable" truly fit. I am proud to have known and worked with The Honorable Thomas C. Hynes. He was a friend I respected. I am so very glad to have known him and to have acquired positive memories of our time and experiences together. Doug Whitley

Sharon Hanlon

May 9, 2019

Tom was a wonderful person and great friend to my husband George Hanlon and myself. We all met while working for the City of Chicago and we will always remember his kindness and gentle nature. Sending our heartfelt condolences in this time of sorrow. We pray for Tom's family and ask God to welcome him home.

Sharon Hanlon and Family

Bill File

May 7, 2019

Please share my sympathies to the entire Hynes family for their loss of a wonderful, kind , dedicated public servant who has helped me and my family over many years. I am privileged to have him as a friend who has been supportive of all my endeavors with kind words and encouragement. My best to the entire family during this difficult time. Bill Filan