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ix Acknowledgments Writers of Illinois political escapades, I among them, depend on backgroundsourcesforleads,anecdotes,trivia,rumors,andfacts. During my work on this book the universe of writers’ helpers lost three gifted men who had guided me through the political thicket for several books and history articles. I have paid tribute to them before, and I must do it again, for they have left me with a treasury of material that I will continue to use. David Kenney and I wrote two books together. David alsoservedasavaluableeditorofmanuscriptdrafts.MyfilesofGeneCallahaninformationareoverflowing .EncounterswithGenedatetothelate 1970s. Alan Dixon,who served forty-two yearsinIllinoiselectiveoffices, never failed to return my calls and faithfully added his special flavor to my research. Contributions from all three sources are represented in this book. Thank you, gentlemen. Research about Clyde Choate presented special challenges. Coming to my rescue was journalist, author, and longtime friend Taylor Pensoneau . He made available many documents from his Choate file, accumulated while working in Springfield for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and after. Taylor’s keen journalistic eye was at work during Choate’s years as a Democratic Party leader in the state House. He shared recollections of those times, so important to this story. Taylor’s excellent books about Dan Walker, Russell Arrington, and Richard B. Ogilvie contain valuable information about Choate’s activities during the 1960s and 1970s, which x Acknowledgments Taylorgraciouslygavemepermissiontouse.Hiscontributionsenrichthe Choate story, as do his books on Illinois politics. I learned early that official U.S. Army service records for Clyde L. Choate were destroyed in the 1973 fire at the National Archives Record Center(NARA)inSt.Louis.NARAemployeeKarenCooperdiscovered overlooked records that helped reconstruct critical pieces of his service. The Maryland offices of NARA made available unit records for Choate during the time he fought the battle that earned him the Medal of Honor. TheU.S.MilitaryInstituteatCarlisle,Pennsylvania,addedcopiesofrare documents for the Choate story. The helperswith thisbook aremany.Itisevidenceofthevariedvoices that are necessary in writing political history. They include John Reinhardt at the Illinois State Archives; Gwenith Podeschi, on staff at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (ALPL); Steve Kerber, who keeps watch over archives at Southern Illinois University (SIU)-Edwardsville; Claire Fuller Martin, who has provided critical research for many of my projects; Bob Fallstrom, who reaches back to my time as editor of the Decatur Herald and Review; Bryan G. Huff, expert on oil production at the Illinois Geological Survey; Mark DePue, writer, editor, military veteran , and oral history expert at ALPL, for many contributions; Walter Ray, overseer of political documents at SIU’s Morris Library; Beverly Warshawsky, for her “loan”; Mike Lawrence, whose vast knowledge of Illinois politics is a precious resource; Melissa Hicks of the Brazil, Indiana , public library; research helpers at the Eldorado, Illinois, Memorial PublicLibraryDistrict;andJamesM.(Jim)Wall,aninvaluablesourcefor 1970s presidential politics. D. G. Schumacher and Fletcher Farrar again saved me many times with their edits of the manuscript. I reserve special thanksfortheworkonimagesbyMaryMichal(nowretired)andRoberta FairburninaudiovisualsattheALPL,andGaryHackerofVienna.Editor in chief Karl Kageff and the team at SIU Press deserve my highest praise. I always save my superlatives for Mary Hartley’s comments, edits, and patience. The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois ...


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