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  • [Rostenkowski raw #205]

    [Rostenkowski raw #205]

    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. At a rally for Rostenkowski in the field house in Chicago’s Pulaski Park (which sits in Rostenkowski’s district on Chicago’s northwest side), a candidate for judge is giving a speech offscreen while the camera captures various audience members. Next Rostenkowski gives a speech. In the speech, he discusses various issues, including: the importance of voting; the late Mayor Daley; social programs proposed by the Democrats; the importance of staying in a “changing neighborhood”; commitment to one’s neighborhood; extending the “L” to O’Hare airport (and telling the residents that it will raise the property values); and his family’s decision to stay in Chicago rather than move to Washington D.C. At around eleven minutes, a member of the camera crew on the stage knocks something over, startling Rostenkowski during his speech. The tape abruptly ends at just over fifteen minutes.

  • [Rostenkowski raw #206]

    [Rostenkowski raw #206]

    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 is a continuation of a rally for Rostenkowski in the field house in Chicago’s Pulaski Park (which sits in Rostenkowski’s district on Chicago’s northwest side). Rostenkowski introduces Richard M. Daley, who is running for Illinois State’s Attorney. In his introduction, Rostenkowski says that Daley was not supported by the Rostenkowski organization, but he won anyway. Rostenkowski now supports Daley. Daley gives a classically unpolished, somewhat sprawling speech in which he promises to crack down on crime and collect overdue property taxes if elected to the office of State’s Attorney.

  • [Rostenkowski raw #207]

    [Rostenkowski raw #207]

    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. Continuation of a rally for Rostenkowski in the field house in Chicago’s Pulaski Park (which sits in Rostenkowski’s district on Chicago’s northwest side). Rostenkowski concludes the rally by saying that Richard M. Daley, candidate for Illinois State’s Attorney, “is a good man, and will be a good public official.” A polka band plays while Rostenkowski mingles with the crowd following the speech. The camera then follows Rostenkowski to his home across the street from the park.

  • [Rostenkowski raw: Mayor Jane Byrne]

    [Rostenkowski raw: Mayor Jane Byrne]

    Raw footage for the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne is interviewed about Dan Rostenkowski. Byrne comments on Rostenkowski’s importance to Chicago and the country; how Rostenkowski’s leadership role in Congress will help large cities; and how Rostenkowski was able to secure Presidential Inauguration tickets for her and other prominent Chicago politicians. Mayor Byrne also tells an amusing anecdote about the time Rostenkowski accidentally referred to her as “Mayor Daley.”

  • Cubs Scoreboard #1

    Cubs Scoreboard #1

    Raw tape shot inside the Chicago Cubs’ scoreboard.

 
 
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