Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Schoenburg: An enlightening take on Illinois politics

Former Senate President PHIL ROCK commanded attention when he spoke on the Senate floor, and his political memoir highlights in interesting detail who was who and how things got done during his time in government and politics.

“Nobody Calls Just to Say Hello: Reflections on Twenty-Two Years in the Illinois Senate,” was written with ED WOJCICKI, associate chancellor for constituent relations at the University of Illinois Springfield. The book, published by Southern Illinois University Press, lists for $29.95.

Wojcicki says he had to convince Rock, 74, who was in the Senate from 1971 to 1993, including the last 14 years as Senate president, that the project would help document the workings of the state.

Wojcicki interviewed Rock 28 times and talked to several other political players as well. The project took about seven years, Wojcicki said.

The book was featured by Bernard Schoenburg in an December 29, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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