The RGS Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the work and vision of Illinois Labor's most prolific advocate, Illinois AFL-CIO President Reuben G. Soderstrom. Our biographical page provides details on the life and legacy of Reuben Soderstrom, his family, and the Illinois AFL-CIO. The digital archives are home to the current and continually expanding collection of textual and audiovisual records of Soderstrom's life of public service, from his first term as an Illinois State Representative to his 40-year tenure as President of the Illinois AFL and Illinois AFL-CIO. Click on press to download informational flyers and photos of Reuben Soderstrom. Enter our tributes section to learn more about past and upcoming events concerning President Soderstrom, including the Soderstrom plaza dedication and library restoration in Streator, Illinois, as well as the upcoming release of Forty Gavels, the definitive three-volume study of the life of Reuben Soderstrom and the Illinois AFL-CIO.