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“VeteranjournalistHartleycapturesneatlythe‘dogoodanddowell’politicalculture of southern Illinois through incisive portraits of three of the region’s most colorful and effective political leaders.” —Jim Nowlan, coauthor of Illinois Politics and Fixing Illinois “They certainly were not choir boys, but these colorful politicians from southern Illinoisharmonizedpoliticallytomakesomebeautifulmusicfortheirpartofthestate — among other things, landing millions and millions in state dollars to create a major university.RobertHartley,withpainstakingcraftsmanship,profilesthreemen—one aCongressionalMedalofHonorrecipient—whoenhancedtheirregionandtheirnet worth as they took southern Illinois to the zenith of its clout in Springfield.” —Mike Lawrence, retired director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Many people are unaware that from 1945 to 1975, downstate lawmakers dominatedtheIllinoispoliticalarena .InTheDealmakersofDownstateIllinois,RobertE .HartleydetailsthelivesandcontributionsofthreeinfluentialsouthernIllinois politicians,PaulPowell,ClydeL.Choate,andJohnH.Stelle.Hedescribeshowthese “dealmakers” were able to work with Democrats and Republicans throughout the state to bring jobs and facilities to their region. Using a variety of coalitions, they maintained downstate political strength in the face of growing Chicago influence. The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois is a vivid, straightforward tale of fighting in the legislative chambers, backstabbing behind the scenes, and trading special favors for votes in pursuit of not only personal gain but also the advancement of a regional agenda. Robert E. Hartley is the author or coauthor of nine books, including Battleground 1948: Truman, Stevenson, Douglas, and the Most Surprising Election in Illinois History and Paul Simon: The Political Journey of an Illinois Original. He was a journalist for Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers in Illinois from 1962 to 1979 and served as executive editor of the Toledo Blade and as publisher of the Journal-American in Bellevue, Washington. Printed in the United States of America ...


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