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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.
Imprint Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2012]

Author Rock, Philip J., 1937-
Subject Rock, Philip J., 1937-
Illinois. General Assembly. Senate -- Biography.
Legislators -- Illinois -- Biography.
Illinois -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Alt Name Wojcicki, Ed.
Description 1 online resource (xix, 247 pages) : illustrations, maps
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780809330720 (electronic bk.)
0809330725 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613674784
OCLC # 784947989
Additional Format Print version: Rock, Philip J., 1937- Nobody calls just to say hello. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2012 9780809330713 (DLC) 2011013793 (OCoLC)711959903

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