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  • [Dan Rostenkowski Congressional race 1994]

    [Dan Rostenkowski Congressional race 1994]

    Dan Rostenkowski runs for reelection in the 1994 Congressional race, despite facing allegations of fraud and corruption. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #201]

    [Rostenkowski raw #201]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. The tape begins at a local Chicago courthouse. Midway through, it cuts to the outside of a campaign rally for Dan Rostenkowski. Whole tape is mostly b-roll. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #114]

    [Rostenkowski raw #114]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. Rostenkowski acts as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House in this footage that appears to have been taped off-air. Good footage of the very formal House voting protocol. Rostenkowski acts as an efficient ringleader over the strict rubrics. Throughout the video, you can hear another individual feeding Rostenkowski what to say to the Representatives as they address the House. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #302]

    [Rostenkowski raw #302]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. This tape takes place on election day, 1980. Rostenkowski is interviewed in his office. Rostenkowski discusses his family’s history in politics. His grandfather and father were both politicians; his father was a Chicago alderman and served in the Illinois State legislature. He then discusses his own history in politics. He discusses how Mayor Richard J. Daley discouraged him from running for a U.S. House seat that was being vacated in his district. Rostenkowski tells how in order to win Daley’s blessing (and the nomination) he had to promise Daley that he would continue to service the Chicago Democratic Party even from Washington D.C. Rostenkowski touches briefly on the new roles that congress has taken on in his 22 years as a member, saying that congress now has revenue sharing deals in place with cities. In an especially progressive moment, Rostenkowski says that if the federal government really wants to conserve natural resources, they must invest in the cities in order to reduce suburban sprawl. He also says that this investment must bring young people who will make roots in the city’s old neighborhoods. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: El Salvador Demonstration, Bike camera]

    [The 90’s raw: El Salvador Demonstration, Bike camera]

    Raw footage for the award-winning TV series, The 90’s. Eddie Becker tapes a demonstration in front of the White House against US intervention in El Salvador.  He then bikes around near the Washington Monument, talking to various people. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #102]

    [Rostenkowski raw #102]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. The crew sits in Dan Rostenkowski’s office to wait for his arrival. This tape just shows his secretary answering phone calls. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #303]

    [Rostenkowski raw #303]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. The beginning of the tape seems to be a Channel 5 (Chicago’s NBC affiliate) news report about the coming of cable television. At about four and a half minutes, the screen goes to bars & tone. “Rostenkowski” starts at around six minutes. Election day, 1980. Rostenkowski is interviewed in his office. He discusses: public transportation; dealing with the late Mayor Richard J. Daley & President Lyndon B. Johnson, including a funny story of how Daley convinced Johnson to take federal money meant for an “L” line through Rostenkowski’s Northside neighborhood, and reallocate it to a project that put an “L” line through Daley’s Southside neighborhood; and the power that Illinois representatives hold in the U.S. House. Around twenty-one minutes, “Rostenkowski” ends, and is followed by what appears to be a made-for-TV movie starring Richard Chamberlain. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: prison reform]

    [The 90’s raw: prison reform]

    Raw footage shot for the award-winning TV series The 90’s. Eddie Tape #63. Interview with Charlie Sullivan, Washington, DC, lobbyist. Followed by an interview with an unidentified man on prisons and prison reform at the National Zoo, Washington, DC. Continue reading