HICKMAN, ROBERT L. 'BOB'
Hometown: Terre Haute, IN
1958: Lettered, Starter.
Had knee operation between '58 and '59 seasons.
1959: Lettered, Starter.
1960: Lettered, Starter.
The ever-expanding tollways
Robert L. Hickman, Sr., was hired as a Business Agent for
Local 1 in Chicago,
Illinois. Mr. Hickman held high positions in the Illinois state government. In
February 1991, he became Executive Director of the Illinois State Toll Highway
Authority. In June 1991, Thomas Hanley was appointed to the Illinois State Toll
Highway Authority at a salary of $ 21,000 per year. In March 1994, Mr. Hickman
resigned his position following allegations that he steered no-bid highway
engineering contracts to a firm his son, Robert Hickman, Jr., worked for. On
February 15, 1995, he was indicted for theft and official misconduct in the
DuPage County, Illinois, courts. Mr. Hickman served as a consultant for Local 1
from October 1994 until the day he was indicted. Again, there are no reports of
The tollway authority was rocked by scandal during former
Gov. Jim Edgar's
administration. Edgar dumped executive director Robert Hickman amid
allegations that he had abused his office. Hickman later was convicted and
sent to prison on corruption charges. Hickman got six months in jail.