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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 #109]

    [Rostenkowski raw #109]

    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. First ten minutes or so is b-roll. Then there is a flurry of activity because Rostenkowski is about to announce his acceptance of the position of Chairman of Ways and Means. The crew rushes to get to the meeting, but nothing of the meeting is on camera. Poor audio throughout. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #307]

    [Rostenkowski raw #307]

    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. Election day, 1980. B-roll footage. Includes interior and exterior shots of the field house in Chicago’s Pulaski Park; campaign signs around Rostenkowski’s district; exterior shots of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church; and exterior shots of the homes in Rostenkowski’s neighborhood. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #111]

    [Rostenkowski raw #111]

    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. In this tape, Tom Weinberg interviews former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Al Ullman, who describes the role of the chairman and the committee. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw: New York Democratic convention #3]

    [Rostenkowski raw: New York Democratic convention #3]

    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. On the floor of the convention center at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. Delegates are interviewed. Most of the delegates, predictably, praise Rostenkowski. Marty Russo, a congressman for Illinois’ 3rd congressional district, and an Illinois Delegate, describes how valuable and powerful Rostenkowski is to the party. Bob McCary, another delegate, talks about why Rostenkowski isn’t as well known as other congressmen, saying Rostenkowski doesn’t seek publicity. Mary Zolora, another Illinois delegate, says that she would like to see Rostenkowski run for mayor of Chicago. Ed Rosewell, Cook County Treasurer and Illinois delegate, says Rostenkowski will eventually be Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s Election Specials raw: Dick Simpson #1]

    [The 90’s Election Specials raw: Dick Simpson #1]

    Raw footage for The 90’s election specials. This tape follows UIC political science professor and former Chicago Alderman, Dick Simpson, who is running for a seat in the House of Representatives against Dan Rostenkowski. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #115]

    [Rostenkowski raw #115]

    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. In this tape, Rostenkowski discusses air travel while on a United Airlines flight to Chicago. He tells a story about getting to Chicago’s Midway Airport from his home on Chicago’s Northwest side (he had to take two trains and a cab to get there). He goes onto discuss the benefits of the seniority system in congress. He also says that he would like to get rid of the TV cameras in the House of Representatives because House members tend to use the TV coverage as an opportunity to “get some free TV time.” Continue reading