5. #1 role of government is to help people1. Tax increase of 19832. Insurance for newborns3. Mandatory reporting of abused, neglected children4. Horse racing; riverboats
#1 role: to help people 7. RTA creation 8. Chrysler bailout 9. Illinois Domestic Violence Act 10. Respect for institutions of government 11. Insurance for newborns •
Rock’s top accomplishmentThe school for deafand blind childrenNow calledThe Philip J. RockCenter and School,Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Why focus on Rock?“Conventional wisdom might not predict that a loyal product of the Cook County Democratic organization could emerge as an ethical voice for the voiceless…
“Rock’s story makes it clear that one can be a loyal partisan and a highly principled public official.” – Ed Wojcicki, Preface
Illinois Legends… Rock’s colleagues (1955 in political time-present) Richard J. Daley (1955-1976, mayor) James R. Thompson (1976-1991, governor) Harold Washington as state senator and mayor (1983-87, mayor) Richard M. Daley as state senator and mayor (1989-2012, mayor) Michael J. Madigan (1983-95, 1997-present, speaker)
Rock’s seven principles1. Be fair and even-handed.2. Care about what you’re doing and the people you serve. “You have to care,” he often said.3. Remember that effective change can take years.
Rock’s seven principles4. Choose to have a responsible and reasonable dialogue, especially with people with whom you disagree.5. Take action to make government work for the people for whom it is supposed to work. Government is not self-executing.6. Give everyone a chance to be heard.7. Don’t be vindictive. No retaliation allowed.
The process of Nobody Calls…a. Ask experts: What would you expect to read? -- Charlie Wheeler -- Mike Lawrence -- Rock’s confidantes from the 1980s -- HJR 196 – January 1993
d. VerifyFloortranscripts, StateArchives, Chicago library, StateHistoricalLibrary, LRU,boxes ofclippings andpictures andletters
d.Verify- Dates- Roll calls- Bill numbers- Substance“SenateJournals”“LegislativeSynopsis”
Principleddecent,generous,warm-hearted…James R. ThomsponAugust 1, 2006
What Rock said afterward“I got so damn mad at Blagojevich that … I wanted the message to go out to all, including my 12 grandchildren, that Springfield was a wonderful place, the seat of our government, [it] deserved better respect than it was getting, and I was going to tell them about it.”