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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 #106]

    [Rostenkowski raw #106]

    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. In this tape, Joseph K. Dowley, chief counsel to the Way and Means Committee, is interviewed. He discusses what a “powerful and important position” the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is, and informs us that it has traditionally been a stepping-stone to the House Speakership. Continue reading

  • [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. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s Election Specials raw: Dick Simpson day 2 #1]

    [The 90’s Election Specials raw: Dick Simpson day 2 #1]

    Raw footage for The 90’s election specials. Dick Simpson, the congressional candidate running against Illinois incumbent Dan Rostenkowski, speaks to a group of people at a school in Chicago. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw: Rosty on TV at O’Hare]

    [Rostenkowski raw: Rosty on TV at O’Hare]

    Found footage for use in the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. Assorted clips taped off TV news for reporting on Rostenkowski’s decision to become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. There are many timecode breaks and blank segments between clips. There is also a lot of [unrelated to this documentary] footage of Mayor Jane Byrne’s husband Jay McMullen, who had recently decided to leave his job at the Chicago Sun-Times. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #107]

    [Rostenkowski raw #107]

    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. In this tape, U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill is interviewed briefly. He, predictably, praises Rostenkowski. He says that he would prefer that Rostenkowski take the Majority Whip job that has been offered him by House majority leader Jim Wright, rather than take the Chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee. He explains the responsibilities of a House Majority Whip, and informs us that is the third highest leadership position in the House. After the interview is some shots of the large, ornate doors leading to the House Ways and Means Committee office. Rostenkowski explains that his name will be on the door, if he decides to take the job. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #301]

    [Rostenkowski raw #301]

    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. The tape opens with b-roll footage of billboards advertising that Rostenkowski is “Working for Chicago,” and that Rostenkowski means “Leadership for Chicago.” B-roll footage of the exterior of Rostenkowski’s Chicago office follows. Continue reading