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WASHINGTON--Former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, who represented Chicago's fifth district for 18 terms, died on Wednesday. He was 82.

Rostenkowski obit by the Chicago Sun-Times Neil Steinberg,who charts the highs and lows of his career.


Click here for my Rostenkowski obit about an old-style Chicago pol, a man from a blue collar Polish neighborhood in Chicago who loved to tell stories about his dealings with Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Update:

From White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who as a House member represented Rosty's district: "I was saddened to learn of Dan Rostenkowski's passing. He was a master of the House and a master of the art of legislation. He was a major part of legislation for a generation and he left a large imprint on American history.

"I called Dan a few weeks ago and we reminisced about national and local politics and shared our war stories from our times in Congress. In our last conversation, he was honest and upfront about his condition -- but he still had the same enthusiasm for politics and our country that I saw all the years I knew him," Emanuel said.

From Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) "Dan Rostenkowski was one of the most powerful leaders ever to serve in U.S. Congress. He came from a working class Polish community on the north side, and had a long history of standing up for working people and the City of Chicago. He was a big D Democrat, but always able to work across the aisle to get things done. He and I didn't always agree, but I always admired his effective leadership. My heart goes out to his family, and my hope is that his many accomplishments and his "larger than life" role in the Congress will overshadow and outlive the later problems he faced."

"Dan Rostenkowski was one of the most powerful leaders ever to serve in U.S. Congress. He came from a working class Polish community on the north side, and had a long history of standing up for working people and the City of Chicago. He was a big D Democrat, but always able to work across the aisle to get things done. He and I didn't always agree, but I always admired his effective leadership. My heart goes out to his family, and my hope is that his many accomplishments and his "larger than life" role in the Congress will overshadow and outlive the later problems he faced."

From Rep. Mike Quigley, the current 5th district lawmaker: "Today, I offer my deepest condolences to the Rostenkowski family. Dan served the 5th District of Illinois for three and a half decades, and I join with his former and now my constituents in thanking him for his public service. Chicago and the nation have lost a political giant."


Funeral information:

The wake will be held from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 1351 West Evergreen Avenue. Funeral services are scheduled at the church at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles.

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