WBEZ | Georgetown University http://www.wbez.org/tags/georgetown-university Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Gov. Pat Quinn: Student reporter http://www.wbez.org/story/gov-pat-quinn-student-reporter-96567 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-20/quinn news.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver his budget address this week to the state legislature, his fourth since taking office. The governor is expected to pontificate on Medicaid spending, taxes and public pensions.</p><p>Four decades ago, Quinn preached about basketball, hair styles and the Vietnam War. He was a columnist at his university's newspaper. Those college writings reveal many of the same traits Illinoisans now see in their governor.</p><p>Patrick J. Quinn, a Hinsdale native and Fenwick High School grad, went East for college to that prestigious Jesuit school in our nation's capitol, Georgetown University.</p><p>Bill Clinton had gone there and got deeply involved in student government. Pat Quinn focused more on a different extra-curricular.</p><p>"You know, I liked sports, and I was a pretty good writer," Quinn said in an interview last week.</p><p>So Quinn wrote, about sports, for the student newspaper: <em>The Hoya</em>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-20/Under the Table.gif" style="width: 350px; height: 137px;" title=""></p><p>"I would have to say our teams weren't as good when I was in college as they are now," Quinn recalled. "Georgetown - mighty basketball team. This year - doing pretty well. I think in my four years at Georgetown, the best we did was one year we made the NIT."</p><p>And, when he became sports editor, he got a column called "Under the Table," though the governor said he has no memory of why he called it that.</p><p>In some of those columns, he went after the basketball team.</p><p>"Invariably the Hoyas play first rate basketball against well-regarded foes like Holy Cross and Boston College, but then they turn around and look like Hoyettes when they meet stiffs such as Fairleigh Dickinson and Catholic U," Quinn wrote in the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-February/2012-02-20/Under%20the%20Table%20-%20Mar.%206,%201969.pdf">March 6, 1969</a> edition.</p><p>Quinn also regularly found reasons to pick on the university's Athletic Board.</p><p>"Everyone hopes that the Georgetown Athletic Board has learned its lesson. Secret firings, procrastination and wishy-washiness cannot be the methods of a legitimate decision-making group," he wrote on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-February/2012-02-20/Under%20the%20Table%20-%20Mar.%2020,%201969.pdf">March 20, 1969</a>.</p><p>The columns show Quinn adored the internal politics of the athletic department: he argued that more money was needed for sports programs and he wasn't afraid to criticize coaches.</p><p>All the while, he had an eye on larger issues. Writing about poor turnout for a football game scheduled on the same day as a peace march, Quinn wrote that sports and school spirit "pale to nothingness in comparison with infinitely more important things like trying to stop the Vietnam War." That column appeared on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-February/2012-02-20/Under%20the%20Table%20-%20Nov.%2020,%201969.pdf">November 20, 1969</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-20/Up Against It.gif" style="width: 350px; height: 138px;" title=""></p><p>He got to expound on those larger issues the next year, when he wrote a weekly news column. It was called "Up Against It."</p><p>"I think I stole that from Mike Royko. I think," Quinn said.</p><p>He did. Royko - that legendary Chicago newsman - had published a book, a collection of columns a few years earlier - also titled "Up Against It."</p><p>"The most vivid column I can remember off the top of my head was I went to Arlington National Cemetery and I interviewed about three or four of the grave diggers there. This was during the Vietnam War," Quinn recalled.</p><p>"Cadillac works on a crew with two other men, Earl and Mayo," Quinn's column read on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-February/2012-02-20/Up%20Against%20It%20-%20Feb.%2019,%201970.pdf">February 19, 1970</a>. "The job is digging graves, either with a reverse hoe or by hand....They also drop the casket into the ground - sometimes even joking a little if everything doesn't go right."</p><p>Much like Quinn the politician, Quinn the columnist kept his opinions of war separate from his empathy for service members. In a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-February/2012-02-20/Up%20Against%20It%20-%20Nov.%2012,%201970.pdf">November 12, 1970</a> column headlined "Vietnamized Vets," he blamed "windblown politician(s)" like President Nixon, while writing of soldiers injured even after the war was supposed to be "winding down."</p><p>A journalistic hero of Quinn's was Studs Terkel, so the young reporter attempted an oral history approach. Instead of a government official, he'd talk with the man on the street.</p><p>Like the funeral home worker who buries the poor. Or the owner of a school for barbers, his business slowed by the long hair styles of the early 1970s. A line in that column betrayed Quinn's curmudgeonly disdain for anything flashy - fashion or otherwise.</p><p>"Persons who used to wear bowling shirts or grass-stained sweatshirts while cruising the neighborhood are now running the streets with capped teeth, sauna belts, duded up hair-do's and tricky mod fashions of the all-leather suit, furry Icelandic sheepskin coat, and Indian headband variety," he wrote on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-February/2012-02-20/Up%20Against%20It%20-%20Mar.%2012,%201970.pdf">March 12, 1970</a>.</p><p>Quinn's preferred clothing was jeans and gym shoes, according to fellow <em>Georgetown Hoya</em> editor, Eduardo Cue.</p><p>"He was very easy-going, nothing formal about him at all," Que said last week in an interview from Paris, where he now lives.</p><p>Cue went on to a long career in journalism. He remembers the <em>Hoya </em>newsroom as an interesting collection of personalities and political persuasions. It's no surprise, Quinn was a liberal.</p><p>"There was a lot of kind of bantering around - a lot of kind of kind political bantering," Cue said. "And maybe saying some things that are a little bit outrageous as college kids will do. But it was always in very good humor. That is the one thing that I remember about Pat Quinn....He was never trying to impose his ideas."</p><p>Quinn's columns did have humor, often accompanied by cynicism. He wrote of how Americans are more interested in bowling scores and sex lives than war and prejudice. In another, on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-February/2012-02-20/Up%20Against%20It%20-%20Feb.%2013,%201970.pdf">February 13, 1970</a>, he compared rats in the Washington streets to the politicians "operating" from the city.</p><p>"[That one is] a good example of the tone of the columns. A little edgy, a little bit sarcastic, with a sense of irony," said Don McNeil, another <em>Hoya </em>editor who shared a house with Quinn senior year. "If you watch closely and listen closely to his public appearances these days, that sense of irony is often still there. And a sense of frustration."</p><p>McNeil later moved to Chicago and remains close with Quinn (even after the governor fired him from the board of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission last year).</p><p>Through his writings, Quinn tried to put distance between himself and the elite university. On <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-February/2012-02-20/Up%20Against%20It%20-%20Feb.%2027,%201970.pdf">February 27, 1970</a>, he called Georgetown an "absurd school...pretentiously wise while glitteringly selfish." On <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-February/2012-02-20/Up%20Against%20It%20-%20Oct.%2029,%201970.pdf">October 29, 1970</a>, Quinn wrote that the university needed to expand its reach beyond its "ivy walls" and to bring adult education to DC residents trapped in jobs a young Quinn describes as meaningless.</p><p>Quinn's columns drew the ire of another <em>Hoya </em>columnist, the late Charley Impaglia, who on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2012-February/2012-02-20/Impaglia%20column%20-%20Oct.%2015,%201970.pdf">October 15, 1970</a>, called Quinn's approach to populism both condescending and unrealistic. Impaglia also knocked Quinn's writing.</p><p>"Not since the Norman Invasion," Impaglia wrote, "has the tongue of Britain been so battered."</p><p>McNeil said there was no love between Impaglia and Quinn.</p><p>"Charley did not attempt to get along," McNeil said. "We actually had an unusual amount of calm usually and peace, in the Hoya office. But those two, I would say, they did not get along. And Pat would manifest that by staying away from Charley."</p><p>"I never had enemies, you know," Quinn said when asked of Impaglia. "Some people criticize me, and believe it or not, even in politics. You know once in a while you got to have a pretty tough hide."</p><p>Spoken like a man who, as governor, shrugs off a 30-percent public approval rating and strained relations with legislative leaders.</p><p>Quinn's reaction to poor approval ratings is reminiscent of another trait he showed in college. McNeil said Quinn went his own way. He was a good student when it was not popular to care. And at a time of great experimentation, Quinn had a conservative lifestyle - didn't drink a lot, didn't do drugs.</p><p>"Which was difficult in those days. I did not either, and I know there was a lot of pressure - a lot of peer pressure - which he successfully resisted. And I think he was not afraid to be looked upon as different, when it came to those sorts of things," McNeil said.</p><p>Quinn takes pride in not fitting stereotypes, McNeil said.</p><p>And in Illinois politics, it is hard to see where Quinn fits in. He's an accidental leader who can win an election but can't seem to master the governing. Kind of like Dan Walker, the single term governor whose campaign Quinn went to work for shortly after he graduated from Georgetown.</p><p>Quinn's fellow Hoya editors said he had no interest in making a career out of journalism. And now he's the scrutinized authority figure, getting ripped by columnists and badgered by reporters.</p><p>"I thoroughly enjoy the press conferences and the back-and-forth," Quinn said. "I think reporters are the best thing since Swiss cheese."</p><p>I suppose that's just a little bit of the sarcasm readers of the Georgetown Hoya came to expect from Pat Quinn four decades ago.</p><p><em>Hoya news clips via the <a href="http://www.library.illinois.edu/dnc/Default/Skins/UIUCCC/Client.asp?skin=UIUCCC&amp;enter=true&amp;AppName=2&amp;AW=1329773420899">University of Illinois' Digital Newspaper Collections.</a></em></p><p><em>In the audio story, Pat Quinn's columns are read by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/don-hall">WBEZ's Don Hall</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 19:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/gov-pat-quinn-student-reporter-96567 U.S. bishops reject candidate tied to Chicago sex abuse http://www.wbez.org/story/news/us-bishops-reject-candidate-tied-chicago-sex-abuse <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Kicanas2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>U.S. Catholic bishops have chosen a New York prelate to lead their organization for the next three years. The move is an unexpected defeat for an Arizona bishop under fire for his links to an imprisoned Chicago child molester.<br /><br />At a meeting Tuesday in Baltimore, the bishops elected New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, a St. Louis native, as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Dolan&rsquo;s victory is the first time in decades the nation&rsquo;s bishops have passed over a sitting vice president for their top post.<br /><br />That vice president, Tuscon Bishop Gerald Kicanas, once served as rector of a Chicago archdiocese seminary in northwest suburban Mundelein. In that post, Kicanas heard about three instances of alleged sexual misconduct by a student named Daniel McCormack.<br /><br />The nature of those incidents is murky. An archdiocese-commissioned report describes one as &ldquo;sexual abuse of a minor&rdquo; and says they occurred when McCormack attended a nearby seminary college&mdash;before he arrived in Mundelein.<br /><br />Kicanas approved McCormack&rsquo;s 1994 ordination. As a Chicago priest, McCormack sexually abused more than a dozen boys. Cardinal Francis George had started receiving allegations about the abuse by September 2005 but didn&rsquo;t pull McCormack out of the ministry until Chicago police arrested the priest in January 2006. The roles of Kicanas and George, the outgoing USCCB president, were the subject of a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/undefined/sex-abuse-lurks-behind-catholic-election">WBEZ report</a> last month.<br /><br />The National Catholic Register last week pressed Kicanas for his reactions to the report. A written response from the bishop said revelations about the three alleged sexual-misconduct incidents led to a church evaluation of McCormack. He said the evaluation sought &ldquo;to determine if he could live a celibate life and if there was any concern about his affective maturity.&rdquo;<br /><br />The evaluation found that McCormack&rsquo;s alleged misconduct was &ldquo;experimental and developmental,&rdquo; Kicanas added. &ldquo;I would never defend endorsing McCormack&rsquo;s ordination if I had had any knowledge or concern that he might be a danger to anyone.&rdquo;<br /><br />On Sunday morning some victims of priest sexual abuse led a Chicago protest against Kicanas, warning that it would be a mistake for U.S. bishops to elect him. Some conservative Catholic bloggers, meanwhile, seized on the controversy and cited additional reasons to oppose Kicanas. They said he wouldn&rsquo;t uphold many Catholic teachings strictly enough.<br /><br />Kicanas, 69, has pushed for dialogue between the church&rsquo;s liberal and conservative wings. In Arizona, the bishop has spoken against abortion and gay marriage but hasn&rsquo;t denied communion to politicians who favor abortion rights. On immigration, Kicanas has sided against a tough new Arizona law and pushed for a federal overhaul that would include a legalization of undocumented residents. Kicanas promoted &ldquo;comprehensive immigration reform&rdquo; as recently as Friday, when he gave the keynote speech at a church conference in Hammond, Indiana, just southeast of Chicago.<br /><br />Dolan, 60, appeals to many Catholic conservatives as a more aggressive defender of church orthodoxy. Last year, he signed a statement that united leading evangelicals and Catholics against abortion and gay marriage.<br /><br />The Vatican installed Dolan as New York archbishop last year. He had spent almost seven years as archbishop of Milwaukee.<br /><br />In Baltimore, where the bishops are holding their annual fall meeting, Dolan beat Kicanas in the third round of voting, 128-111. Dolan will replace Cardinal George as president this week. In another win for conservatives, the bishops elected Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to take Kicanas&rsquo; place as their vice president.<br /><br />An expert on the U.S. bishops says it&rsquo;s hard to know whether the latest McCormack flare-up shifted votes against the Tuscon bishop. &ldquo;Clearly Kicanas was being attacked and accused of making bad decisions when he was rector of the seminary,&rdquo; says Rev. Thomas Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. &ldquo;On the other hand, Dolan has also been criticized by victims of sexual abuse.&rdquo;<br /><br />In August, according to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), Dolan &ldquo;quietly, recklessly and deceptively&rdquo; let a priest resign from his Harlem parish without mentioning that &ldquo;at least nine men&rdquo; had accused the priest of sexually abusing them as children.<br /><br />But a SNAP statement applauds Tuesday&rsquo;s defeat of Kicanas: &ldquo;We can hope that his shocking defeat will help deter future clergy sex crimes and coverups by the Catholic hierarchy.&rdquo;<br /><br />The USCCB has no formal authority over bishops but helps them promote Catholic teachings and coordinate positions on national issues such as marriage, immigration and health care. The organization has also formed policies to protect children from sexually abusive priests and other adults.</p></p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/us-bishops-reject-candidate-tied-chicago-sex-abuse