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LaVerne & Dan Rostenkowski Outpatient Surgery Center

In honor of Election Day in Illinois' 5th Congressional District, I give you this-- the last named vestige of a great man, a Congressman, the one they seek to replace. Great as in "big and strong". Larger than you, literally. He was our ways and our means. His wikipedia page is a speck next to Joe the Plumber. Now he's on a wall facing the expressway, at 2525 South Michigan Avenue. He deserves better. Much better.



Dan you are so right, Rostenkowski deserves more. Unfortunately because he became so powerful he became a big target. He went to jail for breaking house rules that were perfectly legal for most of his political career. Mike Royko once wrote “Rostenkowski’s only crime was not changing with the times”
Few Chicagoans remember all the good things he did, not just for Chicago, but the entire State. It was a phone call from him that saved the Chicago Theater from the wrecking ball in the early 80's. The Sox were going to leave town, until he got funding for U.S Cellular field. Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways, Blue line to O'Hare, deep tunnel, Presidential Towers, Navy pier…
The list of his contributions is vast, yet, that building at the hospital is the only sign of gratitude from the city. Also, it’s not mentioned much, but Mayor Harold Washington served time, and he’s got numerous buildings named after him. Anyway, it was nice to see something kind about him for a change.

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Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.


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