Office-holders praising each other, fighting the fight, in the trenches

Eisenhower fix-up meeting, Brooks Middle School, 2013

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By Jim Bowman


Oct. 29 was the fix-Eisenhower meeting at Brooks. The senator had called it, announced it in the newspaper, had urged attendance with robocalls, ran it.

He set the tone at the start, standing at a podium in front of a big stage in the ample middle-school auditorium, facing a good-sized crowd. "Eleven or twelve years ago," he a newly elected senator, "we [royal "we"?] were fighting this fight in Oak Park." Military images predominate; there were more to come.

"It's been a longstanding issue in our community, going back generations." (To when Oak Park clout, then Republican, forced a narrowing of the roadway.) His honored guest the Sec Trans and IDOT director had been the "most responsive on this issue" of the four secretaries of transportation he had worked with in his eleven-plus years as senator. (Four in 11 years!)

Sec Trans responded in kind. . . . . 

Read the rest at Berkeley on the Prairie

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