A luncheon with Michael Dorf and George Van Dusen, co-authors of Clear It With Sid! - a new biography of Congressman Sid Yates
Please join us on Thursday, November 7 when the Union League Club of Chicago's Authors Group and its Public Affairs Committee present a lunch with co-authors Michael C. Dorf and George Van Dusen, who will discuss and sign copies of their new book, Clear It With Sid! Sidney R. Yates and Fifty Years of Presidents, Pragmatism, and Public Service. Both men worked for Congressman Sid Yates earlier in their careers, and their new book offers a unique, entertaining and in-depth look at this master of post-World War II politics.The son of a Lithuanian blacksmith, Sidney R. Yates rose to the pinnacle of Washington power and influence. As chair of a House Appropriations Subcommittee, Yates was a preeminent national figure involved in issues ranging from the environment and Native American rights to Israel and support for the arts. Speaker Tip O'Neill relied on the savvy Chicagoan in the trenches and advised anyone with controversial legislation to first "clear it with Sid!"
The authors draw on scores of interviews and unprecedented access to private papers to illuminate the life of an Illinois political icon. Wise, energetic, charismatic, petty, stubborn -- Sid Yates presented a complicated character to constituents and colleagues alike. Yet his get-it-done approach to legislation allowed him to bridge partisan divides in the often-polarized House of Representatives. Following Yates from the campaign trail to the negotiating table to the House floor, Dorf and Van Dusen offer a rich portrait of a dealmaker extraordinaire and tireless patriot on a fifty-year journey through postwar American politics.
Michael Dorf is a practicing lawyer and an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was Congressman Yates' Special Counsel in Washington and remained his lawyer and campaign chairman until the congressman's death. George Van Dusen, currently the Mayor of Skokie, Illinois, served as a Village Trustee from 1984 until he was appointed Mayor in January 1999. Mayor Van Dusen was the Director of Suburban Operations for U.S. Congressman Sidney Yates from 1973 until the Congressman’s retirement in 1999.
The event begins with registration and book sales/signing at 11:30 a.m., followed by luncheon and our program at noon. The price per person is $35, inclusive of tax and service charges.
PLEASE NOTE: the ULCC maintains a "business casual" dress code -- i.e., no jeans, denim or athletic wear.
The son of a Lithuanian blacksmith, Sidney R. Yates rose to the pinnacle of Washington power and influence. As chair of a House Appropriations Subcommittee, Yates was a preeminent national figure involved in issues that ranged from the environment and Native American rights to Israel and support for the arts.