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I served as a page in the Illinois State Senate during the summers of and at the hight of the Walker admninistrations fight with the Chicago machine. It was quite an education.

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I recently purchased Gov. Walkers book and stayed up all night until I finished it. I was greatly upset reading about the hardships the governor endured after leaving office. It is my sincere hope he has found peace and happyness in his later years.


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Blagojevich was convicted on 17 of the 20 counts he was charged with. Former Illinois Governor Dan Walker indicated to me today that Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former Chief of Staff, becoming Mayor of Chicago, was the better of the candidates in the race, and that he had a lot of issues to deal with in "The City That Works," namely the budget crisis and mending fences with the Afican-American community. I think your review rather eloquently describes a man driven by ambition who did a lot of good, but made some bad choices.

Your review seems to indicate he got caught up in a culture of corruption which is still present. Maybe politics is a game, and he who plays it best last the longest. However, the longer you play the greater your chance of getting caught up because of ambition. Your review gives an inside view of a-rags-to riches story of a politician who probably bumped heads with the establishment.

Curtis Mitchell. In the ongoing criminal trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, accused of attempting to sell President Obama's vacant Senate seat, there seems to be new revelations each day. Democratic U. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Sunday he was subpoenaed by Rod Blagojevich's attorneys to appear at the ex-governor's corruption trial, joining a long list of state and national politicians who might testify. Giannoulias, the single-term state treasurer, was not close to Blagojevich. But Giannoulias said he did act as an intermediary between two people who have played significant roles in the former governor's trial - labor leader Tom Balanoff and White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Testimony at the former governor's trial last week focused on an alleged November scheme by Blagojevich to trade an appointment of Jarrett, a longtime Obama family friend, to the Senate for a position with the incoming Obama administration.

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Balanoff, head of the powerful Service Employees International Union in Illinois, was involved in those talks, according to secret recordings played at trial. Giannoulias, who knew Jarrett through his friendship with Obama, said on Sunday he got a call from Balanoff around Election day asking for the introduction.

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Giannoulias set up the meeting within the next week, and Balanoff and Jarrett met at the offices of Ariel Capital Management, run by another close Obama friend, John Rogers. Giannoulias attended the meeting but said he didn't really participate in it. Balanoff was asking Jarrett about her interest in being appointed senator, Giannoulias said.


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Giannoulias name also popped up in federal wiretaps played at trial last week between Blagojevich and his then Chief of Staff, John Harris. While the opening remarks in the criminal trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will be made on Tuesday in one Chicago federal courtroom, in the very same building, another trial will be going on involving allegations of torture by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.

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This is truly "The City That Works. With the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich starting today, it makes me wonder if convicted vote fraud felon Dominic Longo had been stopped in his tracks when he was campaigning for Rod Blagojevich, while he was Airport Manager at O'Hare, would we even be having a trial alleging that Rod Blagojevich had attempted to sell President Obama's vacated Senate seat. When Chicago NewCity news magazine did that scathing story and report on Longo's attempt to usurp the duties and responsibilities of the Specification Engineer for the City of Chicago Department of Aviation at O'Hare International Airport, which contributed to Blagojevich becoming Governor and Rahm Emanuel becoming the President's Chief of Staff, that should have alerted someone that there was something terribly wrong in Illinois politics.

Blagojevich is just the symptom and product of a bigger problem.


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The New Tough Executive Orders. Fighting with Daleys Legislators. Losing in the Primary. Reporting on Urban Riots and Dealing with Daley. The Walker Report. Launching the Campaign for Governor. The Good People of Southern Illinois. Blister Pains Balanced by Personal Pleasures. The story, however, is all too real. Jackson, former chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and visiting professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute """A story with a certain Greek tragedy to it, "The Maverick and the Machine" offers a rare insight into the inner workings of Illinois politics and government.

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Jackson, former chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and visiting professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute "I've known other Illinois governors during the past fifty years, and none of them has written anything as self-revealing as "The Maverick and the Machine. Former governor Walker bares his soul, extolling his virtues and confessing his weaknesses while laying out in vivid detail stages of a life with little parallel.

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Jackson, former chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and visiting professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute " I've known other Illinois governors during the past fifty years, and none of them has written anything as self-revealing as "The Maverick and the Machine. About Jr. The author of a number of awardwinning books, he currently lives in the San Diego area.

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