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The Death of Political Giant Dan Rostenkowski

Former U.S. Congressman Dan Rostenkowski is credited with overhauling the nation's tax system in the 1980s and leading an effort to rescue Social Security. He also secured huge amounts of federal money for big ticket projects back home. The man often referred to simply as Rosty was born to a powerful Chicago alderman, which means he was born into Chicago's Democratic machine. Here to talk about how politics made the man are Marty Cook, friend and unofficial biographer, and James Merriner, author of Mr. Chairman: Power in Dan Rostenkowski's America.

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Funeral services will be held at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Chicago's North Side. The church will host a public wake on Monday from 1-9 p.m. The funeral service will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. The burial will follow at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles.

Music Button:  Jimmy Burns, "Three O'Clock Blues", from the CD Live at BLUES, (Delmark)

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