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bigworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:47 AM
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Former U.S. Representative Dan Rostenkowsi has died
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Dan Rostenkowski was the most important congressman ever to represent Chicago, Mr. Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, confidante of presidents, pride of the Polish community and bringer of millions upon millions of dollars in federal pork home to Illinois, until it all came crashing down in a scandal over minor expenses -- postage stamps and office chairs -- that tarnished his legacy and sent him to prison.

Rostenkowski died today at his summer home in Wisconsin surrounded by family. He was 82.

Never an eloquent speaker, it was Rostenkowskis inside knowledge and useful connections -- especially with Mayor Richard J. Daley -- that eased his rise, first in Springfield, then in Washington, where he was friendly with presidents from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. He and Lyndon Johnson were particularly close.

Read more: http://www.suntimes.com/news/obituaries/2588996,dan-ros...
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:13 PM
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1. Dan Rostenkowski, former congressman, dead at 82
Source: Washington Post

Dan Rostenkowski, a product of the Chicago Democratic political machine who rose to become one of the most powerful members of the U.S. House of Representatives before he lost his seat and was jailed on felony corruption charges, died Wednesday at his home in Wisconsin. He was 82.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:13 PM
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2. Bonus RW propaganda points for "Chicago machine". Go Post!
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:13 PM
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3. they do`t make guys like dan anymore...
these new guys could`t shine his shoes
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:26 PM
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6. is it true or false?
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:13 PM
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4. Dan Rostenkowski, former congressman, dead at 82
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BumRushDaShow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:48 PM
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5. I remember a trip to D.C. years ago
when I sat in the House gallery and watched him doing what I expect was a "Special Orders" speech (reading his statment into the record). The rest of the chamber was empty.

For some bizarre reason, I found it ironic that he has left having been a former head of the House Ways & Means committee right when Rangel, also a former head of that same committee, faces some of the same issues that forced Rostenkowski out (both having had 40+ years of service in Congress).
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:27 PM
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7. Wilbur MIlls was also chair of that committee back in the day
it seems to either attract crooks or breeds them
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