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Name:  Milton L Rakove  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: 1918 in Buhl, Minnesota


Illinois Connection

Dr. Rakove taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1957 until 1983.

Biographical and Professional Information

Milton L. Rakove had been working as a political consultant and speechwriter for several Illinois politicians, including Senator Charles Percy and Governor Otto Kerner, throughout the 1960s. In 1968, Rakove was introduced to Chicago city politics when he served as the Democratic precinct captain in the 49th ward. His work impressed members of the city's Democratic machine, who convinced Rakove to run for the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 1970, an election that he lost. His experience in these elections turned his interest toward local government. Drawing on the contacts he had made as a precinct captain, Rakove published his first book on local politics, titled Don't Make No Waves, Don't Back No Losers. Four years later, following the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley and the restructuring of the Democratic machine, Rakove published an oral history of Daley's government titled We Don't Want Nobody Nobody Sent.

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