Thursday, August 10, 2006

Changing of the Guard

So Rob Uhe is leaving his post as Counsel to the Speaker and House Parliamentarian in order to move to the next phase of his career with a position at Mayer Brown. Rob is an all-around quality guy who was great at his job. So good in fact, that you couldn't get mad at him even as he would coolly look you in the eyes and tell you that your bill wasn't moving-ever. He was a great asset to the caucus and I'm sure will be successful in his new venture.

I was heartened to hear that he is being replaced by David Ellis, a former staffer, present attorney, prolific author and also a great guy. To learn a little bit more about David, go to this link and scroll down about half way.

I have to hand it to the Speaker, between Mike Kasper, Uhe and now Ellis, he has consistently put quality talent at his side when it comes to operating the House. Welcome back Dave.


At August 10, 2006 at 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to love that Uhe was making more than twice what a Rep makes (and now much more than that)

At August 11, 2006 at 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob deserved to make more money that most of the people in the Capitol. He worked night and day, weekends and holidays and even on his vacations and never complained. In my opinion they couldn't have paid him enough.

At August 11, 2006 at 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your blog, which used to consist of insightful commentary on local & state political affairs has devolved into a political obituary of sorts. How nice of you to recognize exiting politicos on jobs well done, but I'm curious if all your well wishing isn't an effort to curry favor with the powers that be. Is there an office you have your eye on or is this just how your spending your summer vacation?

At August 12, 2006 at 10:12 AM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...


Fair enough question. As you can tell, blogging has been light this summer, albeit for a couple different reasons. Mostly a combination of a busy schedule and editorial self-restraint.

My intention with this blog has never been to simply add more noise to the clutter, but to provide a unique perspective when I can. People wanting to weigh in on a lot of the political goings-on have other sites where they can do that.

As far as the obit comment, I think that it just happened to be a strange convergence of timing in Larry's announcement, the change in the Urban League leadership, and the Uhe/Ellis switch, all of which I thought deserved mention.

And besides, currying favor with the powers that be has never been my strong suit :)

Sandwiched in there was (I thought) a decent piece on the big box bill and one on the latest CTA woes.

As summer is winding down, I plan on picking up the pace and substance here. I have a bunch of topics that I want to take on, and hopefully, I'll get to them soon.

At August 14, 2006 at 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, how about a thread on yesterday's Kristin McQuery article in the daily Southtown.

Speaker Madigan took a nice shot at Obama. Are we seeing a new feud brewing? It looks like Madigan never got over Obama's candidate beating Mangieri in the race for Treasurer.


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