Philip J Rock:                               The Illinois                               antidote to                       ...
Born in Chicago a                                      Catholic, Democrat and                                      Cubs fa...
Rock’s career  “It’s not your turn”    Then, the lucky         37th Ward
Rock’s career “Always tried to do the right  thing” – many confirm this Held his caucus together:  He led an “assembly o...
Rock’sCareerRepublicansAbused anddisadvantagedchildrenRespect forinstitutions ofgovernmentWomenin government
The process of research1. Ask experts:   What would you expect to read?   -- Charlie Wheeler   -- Mike Lawrence   -- Rock’...
2. Twenty-eight interviews with Rock
3a. Dozens of interviews, conversations                               Copyright                               Chicago Trib...
3b. Yes, dozens and dozens
The process4.   Graduate assistant Kyle Dooley5.   Newspapers and Illinois Issues6.   Collect photographs7.   Collect tidb...
8.Verify- Dates- Roll calls- Bill numbers- Substance“SenateJournals”“LegislativeSynopsis”
8.     VerifyFloortranscripts, StateArchives, Chicago library, StateHistoricalLibrary,Boxes ofclippings andpictures andlet...
8.VerifyOak Park Library,WednesdayJournal of OakPark,Oak Leaves
The process9. External readers – friends and pros10. Hire an editor11. SIU editors, several of them, and the index12. Answ...
Why do it?“I read the book on a plane.“… the last paragraph of Chapter 13”
Why do it?
Why do it?Rock interacted personally with several Illinois and Chicago  legends in the last quarter of the 20th century: ...
Why do it?“Conventional wisdom  might not predict  that a loyal product  of the Cook County Democratic organization  could...
“Rock’s story makes it clear  that one can be a loyal partisan  and a highly principled public official.”                 ...
Help Rock preserve his storyBe fair and even-handedGive everyone a chance to beheardRespect the institutions ofgovernment ...
What Rock said afterward“I got so damn mad at Blagojevich that … I   wanted the message to go out to   all, including my 1...
ContactEd WojcickiUniversity of Illinois Springfieldewojc1@uis.edu217.206.7795At LinkedInOn FacebookThis presentation is b...
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  1. 1. Philip J Rock: The Illinois antidote to BlagojevichPresentation by Ed Wojcicki – April 25, 2012, at UIS
  2. 2. Born in Chicago a Catholic, Democrat and Cubs fan Seminary for 10 years Illinois Senate President 1979-93Sheila Graber Rock with her brother
  3. 3. Rock’s career “It’s not your turn” Then, the lucky 37th Ward
  4. 4. Rock’s career “Always tried to do the right thing” – many confirm this Held his caucus together: He led an “assembly of 59 raging egos” – Chicago Tribune
  5. 5. Rock’sCareerRepublicansAbused anddisadvantagedchildrenRespect forinstitutions ofgovernmentWomenin government
  6. 6. The process of research1. Ask experts: What would you expect to read? -- Charlie Wheeler -- Mike Lawrence -- Rock’s confidantes from the 1980s -- HJR 196 – January
  7. 7. 2. Twenty-eight interviews with Rock
  8. 8. 3a. Dozens of interviews, conversations Copyright Chicago Tribune
  9. 9. 3b. Yes, dozens and dozens
  10. 10. The process4. Graduate assistant Kyle Dooley5. Newspapers and Illinois Issues6. Collect photographs7. Collect tidbits
  11. 11. 8.Verify- Dates- Roll calls- Bill numbers- Substance“SenateJournals”“LegislativeSynopsis”
  12. 12. 8. VerifyFloortranscripts, StateArchives, Chicago library, StateHistoricalLibrary,Boxes ofclippings andpictures andletters
  13. 13. 8.VerifyOak Park Library,WednesdayJournal of OakPark,Oak Leaves
  14. 14. The process9. External readers – friends and pros10. Hire an editor11. SIU editors, several of them, and the index12. Answer hundreds of editors’ questions13. Rewrite14. Verify15. Answer more questions from editors
  15. 15. Why do it?“I read the book on a plane.“… the last paragraph of Chapter 13”
  16. 16. Why do it?
  17. 17. Why do it?Rock interacted personally with several Illinois and Chicago legends in the last quarter of the 20th century: Richard J. Daley (1955-1976, mayor) James R. Thompson (1976-1991, governor) Harold Washington as senator and mayor (1983-87) Richard M. Daley (1989-2012, mayor) Michael J. Madigan (1983-95, 1997-present, speaker)
  18. 18. Why do it?“Conventional wisdom might not predict that a loyal product of the Cook County Democratic organization could emerge as an ethical voice for the voiceless…
  19. 19. “Rock’s story makes it clear that one can be a loyal partisan and a highly principled public official.” – Ed Wojcicki, Preface
  20. 20. Help Rock preserve his storyBe fair and even-handedGive everyone a chance to beheardRespect the institutions ofgovernment such as the IllinoisSenate and Office of the GovernorMake government work for thepeople for whom it is supposed towork
  21. 21. 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.”
  22. 22. ContactEd WojcickiUniversity of Illinois Springfieldewojc1@uis.edu217.206.7795At LinkedInOn FacebookThis presentation is based on:Nobody Calls Just to Say HelloPhilip J. Rock with Ed Wojcicki© 2012, Southern Illinois University Press

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