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Author Barnhart, William E., 1946-

Title Kerner : the conflict of intangible rights / Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  977.2043092 KERN/ BARN MF12    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii,406 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [375]-389) and index.
Contents Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: A time traveler -- Schweiks no more -- These malicious charges -- This job is much better -- The welfare of the child -- The shame of it -- The ultimate decision -- The giant ring -- The sadness of our time -- Law and order -- To "Crimp" is to hinder -- Intangible rights -- Unfinished work -- Appendix: interviews -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary "This first biography of Otto Kerner traces the career of a major figure in Illinois politics and examines his precipitous descent from public hero to convicted felon."--BOOK JACKET. "As Cook County judge, Kerner reformed Illinois adoption procedure; as a two-term Democratic governor, he promoted economic development, education, mental health services, and equal access to jobs and housing; as a federal appeals court judge, he bucked the law-and-order tide of the late 1960s and protected the rights of the accused. His entire public career reflected his experiences as a decorated combat officer in World War II."--BOOK JACKET.
"Kerner's achievements, however, were eclipsed by his conviction on federal charges of mail fraud, bribery, perjury, and income tax evasion tied to his dealings in stock of an Illinois racetrack enterprise. Arguing that Kerner's incarceration related less to his misdeeds than to the zeal of federal investigators in attacking corruption in Illinois, Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman reveal how the prosecution of the popular ex-governor deepened the penetration of the federal government into state and local politics and coarsened attitudes toward public service."--BOOK JACKET. "This broad-based study sets Kerner's life against a backdrop of pivotal events and issues in American politics over six decades. An absorbing biography of a prominent and arguably tragic public figure, Kerner presents a cautionary tale about the strengths and weaknesses of the American political character and the capriciousness of political acclaim and denigration."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Schlickman, Eugene F., 1929-
Subject Kerner, Otto, 1908-1976.
Governors -- Illinois -- Biography.
Judges -- Illinois -- Biography.
Illinois -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Chicago (Ill.) -- Politics and government -- 1951-
ISBN 0252025040 (acid-free paper)