*** UPDATED x2 *** Bill Luking
Friday, Jun 13, 2014
* From a press release…
* People who didn’t know Bill would often comment on his disheveled appearance, but those who did know him constantly marveled at his brilliance. The guy read everything. He knew every legislative trick in the book. I was talking to a colleague of his this morning who said Bill once recited the state plumbing code from memory during a meeting.
Bill’s institutional memory would overload a computer. And now it’s gone. We are all the poorer for his loss, whether you knew him or not. The hole his death creates at the Statehouse is just unimaginable.
I tried to never miss a chance to talk to Bill when I saw him during session. He wouldn’t normally dish about stuff he was working on, but he would discuss what other people were up to, assess their chances, find their weak points, suggest a better route, give me some history, etc. He never wasted my time and I tried never to waste his.
Bill told me years ago that he once met Frank Sinatra and shook his hand. Bill was a young reporter in the hinterlands and Ol’ Blue Eyes came to town for a show. How freaking cool is that?
Many of us will forever be in Bill Luking’s debt. He was most definitely one of a kind. He was also a sweet and generous man.
I’m sure many of you have your own stories about Bill, so I’ll leave comments open. I’ll let you know about arrangements.
*** UPDATE 1 *** From Mayor Rahm Emanuel…
As far as I’m concerned Bill’s getting the Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Insider this year. Not gonna be a vote.
*** UPDATE 2 *** Senate President John Cullerton…