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“Soup”er Study

January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Souper Study featuring author Skokie Village Mayor George Van Dusen

Mayor George Van Dusen – “Clear it with Sid!”

The Jew­ish son of a Lithuan­ian black­smith, Sid­ney R. Yates rose to the pin­na­cle of Wash­ing­ton pow­er and influ­ence. As chair of a House Appro­pri­a­tions Sub­com­mit­tee, and dean of the Jew­ish Cau­cus, Yates was a pre­em­i­nent nation­al fig­ure involved in issues rang­ing from the envi­ron­ment to Israel, and sup­port for the arts. Speak­er Tip O’Neill relied on the savvy Chicagoan in the trench­es and advised any­one with con­tro­ver­sial leg­is­la­tion to first ​“clear it with Sid!”

Michael C. Dorf and George Van Dusen draw on scores of inter­views and unprece­dent­ed access to pri­vate papers to illu­mi­nate the life of an Illi­nois polit­i­cal icon. Wise, ener­getic, charis­mat­ic, pet­ty, stub­born — Sid Yates pre­sent­ed a com­pli­cat­ed char­ac­ter to con­stituents and col­leagues alike. Yet his get-it-done approach to leg­is­la­tion allowed him to bridge par­ti­san divides in the often-polar­ized House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Fol­low­ing Yates from the cam­paign trail, to the nego­ti­at­ing table, to the House floor, Dorf and Van Dusen offer a rich por­trait of a deal­mak­er extra­or­di­naire and tire­less patri­ot on a fifty-year jour­ney through post­war Amer­i­can politics.

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Date:
January 20
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Adult Education
Email:
educator@tbiskokie.org

Venue

Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076 United States
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Phone:
847-675-0951
Website:
tbiskokie.org

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