Thanks for the memories, Cliff!

20150813_CliffWirthPlease join us in tipping our hats to former Chicago Sun-Times cartoonist Cliff Wirth, who has now officially retired from The CUB Voice.

It’s hard to believe that The Voice began featuring his cartoons more than 15 years ago. The friendship began back in the spring of 2000 after CUB requested permission to use a cartoon of Cliff’s.

Cliff promptly called us back and said cheerfully: “Hey, I’m on your side!”

“It’s the end of an era for The CUB Voice,” CUB Communications Director Jim Chilsen said. “Cliff deserves a restful retirement, but he will be missed. The humor and talent that he shared with Illinois utility customers were matched only by his capacity for kindness toward CUB. Thank you, Cliff!”

Besides drawing for the Sun-Times and The CUB Voice, Cliff’s work has also been prominently displayed in magazines, newspapers, books and TV over the years.

Check out Cliff’s last hurrah with The CUB Voice, above, and below you can see some of our favorite Cliff cartoons over the years. 

At your service!


Looks like the utility lobbyists are back in Springfield!


I can’t take another 30 years of this! 


Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride! 


Romance baloney! You just want to save money on our power bill!


About Jim Chilsen

Jim is director of communications for the Citizens Utility Board (CUB)
This entry was posted in Consumer Victories and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Thanks for the memories, Cliff!

  1. Bridget Wirth Tremaine says:

    Jim and Pete.
    I am Cliff’s youngest daughter. (number 7 lol)
    I speak for Dad, my brothers and sisters. Dad would be so honored by this tribute. His love for cartooning along with his genuine love for the “regular Joe” has kept him going all these years.
    Dad is now 89 and though he has hung up the brushes and has the senior moments, his humor and spark are still there.
    I will definitely extend the well wishes to Dad.
    Best Regards,
    Bridget Wirth Tremaine

  2. Pete Waldmeir says:

    Jim: My name’s Pete Waldmeir. Cliff Wirth did several ‘toons about me years back when I was a columnist for The Detroit News in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Have one hanging in my home office. Mike Royko and I were kind of contemporaries. Lost track of Wirth but would like to send him my regards. I, too, am retired. If you still have contact with Wirth would you please forward my email address to him. It’s Thanks and regards,

Comments are closed.