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Author Rock, Philip J., 1937-

Title Nobody calls just to say hello : reflections on twenty-two years in the Illinois Senate / Philip J. Rock ; with Ed Wojcicki
Published Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2012


Description 1 online resource (xix, 247 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Frontispiece; Book Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chronology of Senator Philip J. Rock's Career; Introduction: Try to Be Fair and Evenhanded; 1. They Told Me It Wasn't My Turn; 2. Getting My Opportunity in Springfield; 3. Battling Walker and Fighting for Children; 4. My Finest Accomplishment; 5. A Scandal I Didn't Deserve; 6. The Crazy Eight Emerge; 7. A Move to Oak P; 8. Finally, the Senate Presidency; 9. Choosing Leaders and Saving Chrysler; 10. A Redistricting Fight; 11. Going National and Beefing Up Our Party; 12. Speaker Madigan; Gallery of Images
13. Getting Behind the Tax Increase of 198314. Boosting Regional Transportation; 15. A U.S. Senate Race against Paul Simon; 16. Year of Major Education Reform; 17. The Debacle of the 1986 Elections; 18. Illinois Women in Government; 19. The Cubs and the Sox; 20. Another Tax Increase and Another Mayor; 21. Riverboats and Governor Edgar; 22. The Final Year; Epilogue: After the Senate; Appendix; Notes; References; Index; Author Bios
Summary A loyal partisan and highly principled public official whose career overlapped with those of many legends of Illinois politics-including Mayor Richard J. Daley, Governor James Thompson, and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan-Democrat Philip J. Rock served twenty-two years in the Illinois Senate. Fourteen of those years were spent as senate president, the longest tenure anyone has served in that position. This nuanced political biography, which draws on dozens of interviews conducted by Ed Wojcicki to present the longtime senate president's story in his own words, is also a rare
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Rock, Philip J., 1937-
Rock, Philip J., 1937-
Illinois. General Assembly. Senate -- Biography
Illinois. General Assembly. Senate.
Legislators -- Illinois -- Biography
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- Legislative Branch.
Politics and government
Illinois -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Genre/Form collective biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Wojcicki, Ed
ISBN 9780809330720