About Albert Hanna

Albert C. Hanna was born on July 13, 1930 in Stevens Point, WI. In 1941, the Hanna Family moved from Steven’s Point to Mosinee, WI where Mr. Hanna’s father ran a small general hardware store and food market. Al started working with his father at age 12 at $0.25 per hour. Hardworking, smart, and energetic, Al was perpetually involved – as a camp counselor with the Boy Scouts during high school, president of his fraternity at the University of Wisconsin, and an accountant with a local hair salon in law school (where he took his friends on the weekends to “do” their hair).

Al is a husband, father, and grandfather. He begins his workday at 6:30AM. He makes a Monday lunch meal last until Friday. He has an affinity for sweets. He prefers interrogation to casual conversation, and if it weren’t for his less than formidable stature, he might otherwise be intimidating though this certainly would not be his intention. Through his passion for travel, which he has shared with his wife Chris and children (Berit, Brock, and Jeff), and mountain climbing, he has learned patience, self-awareness, and determination. In his later years, Al summited six of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. While he did not quite reach the Everest summit at age 72, despite two attempts, he missed only by 300 vertical feet.

While Al and his companions’ adventures have fulfilled a need to explore distant corners, his advocacy efforts challenging the City of Chicago’s zoning and land use policies have earned him greater attention at home. Over four decades, Mr. Hanna has personally spent an estimated $6 million challenging what he has characterized as the City's plan to racially cleanse Chicago of African Americans and deprive citizens of private property rights. In the process, he has formed many alliances, but has also created discomfort among some. He has never profited from his advocacy and litigation efforts, but rather hopes to create positive changes through his work.