Monday, May 29, 2006

My Clout Died today…

He was a Democrat! 93 year-old former Cook County Board President (1969-2000) and Cook County Democratic Party Chairman. George W. Dunne passed away at his Hebron, IL estate. Dunne was cut from the same cloth at the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. They were both fiscally conservative, and moderate Democrats. Together they fought the Bolshevik takeover attempt of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Dunne served as the 42nd Ward Committeeman and never helped me with my law enforcement career. Whenever I had an friend in need of a job I could take him to Dunne and he’d have my friend employed within a week in a decent, union, local government job. Dunne was always accessible to anyone in need. Unlike most politicians, Dunne really helped people.

I really miss the corned beef and cabbage dinners we had at the ward headquaters.

Dunne was a classy and good guy to know. His son, Murphy Dunne lives in Malibu, CA and works as an actor. Murphy played, “Murph”, a member of the Blues Brother’s Band in the wildly successful movie by the same name.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Those were the days when you had "working man's clout." Richard J. Daley and George Dunn took care of people because they were what kept them in office. The Shackman decree destroyed that, it did a lot of unintended damage to the unios and to working people in geneeral.

Richard M. Daley will never be close to being the mayor that his father was. This $#$#%%^^ keeps cutting the benefits of city employees while making hired truck owners and iron fence mongers flush.

There are white voters in the whitest parts of this town that are saying that we were better off with Harold Washington, and we will be better off with the right minority mayor.

We are praying that Richie M. gets indited and convicted before a Democrat becomes president and ends the very slow investigation that will eventually get him.