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Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013

* I’ve seen Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon play guitar. I’ve gone to several gigs by Reps. Mike Tryon and Chad Hays (although I missed last night’s performance). I didn’t know that Rep. Martwick played in a band, however

Robert F. Martwick, Illinois House of Representative, 19th District, sported a different persona Sat., Apr. 27, when he and the Chris N group rocked in Phyllis’ Musical Inn, 1800 W. Division St.

While Martwick tucked the guitar away when he was close to 9-years-old and when years later he told his bride that he wasn’t going to run for a political office again, Saturday night was proof that life can take unexpected turns.

The photo…

* The Question: Caption?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 12:27 pm:

    So you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star?
    Then listen now to what I say
    Just get an electric guitar
    Then take some time
    and learn how to play
    And with your hair swung right
    And your pants too tight
    It’s gonna be all right

    Then it’s time to go downtown
    Where the agent man won’t let you down
    Sell your soul to the company
    Who are waiting there to sell plastic ware
    And in a week or two
    If you make the charts
    The girls’ll tear you apart

    The price you paid for your riches and fame
    Was it all a strange game?
    You’re a little insane
    The money, the fame, the public acclaim
    Don’t forget what you are
    You’re a rock ‘n’ roll star!

  2. - OneMan - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 12:31 pm:

    It was discovered that Rep Martwick has been secretly posing as Alex Lifeson of Rush or Alex Lifeson of Rush is Rep Martwick…

    Look at this picture

  3. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 12:37 pm:

    Gorgeous Black Beauty

  4. - rusty618 - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 12:47 pm:

    He can sit in with my band on that Les Paul!

  5. - MrJM - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 12:55 pm:

    I couldn’t help but be reminded of this:

    – MrJM

  6. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 12:59 pm:

    “A, C, C, C sharp, D …”

    “No, don’t tell him he’s not plugged in, look how much fun he’s having”

    “A, C …Dang, …A, C, C Sharp…”

    Although Rep. Martwick plays a mean ‘Axe’, members of his band forbade him from singing…

  7. - RonOglesby - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 12:59 pm:

    Is it me or does he look like Alan Tudyk?

  8. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 1:07 pm:

    “Are you from the Statehouse?”

    “No, Maam, I’m a musician”


    “Daydream believer, and a Homecoming Quee…ee en!”

    “When is my solo, when is my solo …be ready …”

  9. - Loop Lady - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 1:09 pm:

    he looks a a guy from the nort side of Chicaga to
    me…to the post:

    “This is SO much better than being in Springfield”…

  10. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 1:11 pm:

    “Rep. Martwick plays both kinds of music… country and western”

    “We’re the Good Ole …House Dems… Boys Band ..”

  11. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 1:34 pm:

    “Martwick …MARTWICK! You aren’t listening to me … I have the fea-vah, for some Cowbell!”

    “Chuck! Chuck, it’s Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry. You know that new sound you’re looking …”

  12. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    Re-Election Blues …

    Got per diem on Monday
    I’m not a Mushroom no more
    They gimme all that money
    So much my pockets is sore
    More dough than I can use.
    Re-Election Blues.

    Went on Vacation on Tuesday
    Got a room and a big double bed
    Find a job tomorrow
    So tired felt like I was dead
    Aint no time to lose.
    Re-Election Blues.

    Hit the bars on Wednesday
    My friends put me up on a throne
    Got the bar tab later
    Swore I’d start drinking alone!!
    Did my Signed Bill make the News?
    Re-Election Blues!

    Woke up sick on Thursday
    Feelin like my head took a dare
    Looked down at my trousers
    All my pockets was bare
    This being my last Session was a ruse.
    Re-Election Blues.

    Went back around on Friday
    Asked for my seat on the Floor
    My friends had disappeared
    Speaker says, “Show him the Door!”
    What I done then aint news.
    Re-Election Blues.

    So I re-filed on Monday
    A little sad and sick at my heart
    All my fine plans was with my money
    Go away, a campaign needs to start
    “This guy never seems to lose.”
    Re-Election Blues.

    So you short-timers, let me tell you
    Dont get yourself throwed from your seat
    You might as well be runnin’
    Or a Thirty-Year-Man
    Staff Recruitin crews give me the blues,
    Old Re-Election Blues.

  13. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 2:13 pm:

    “If you got the money, honey, I got the time..”

  14. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 3:32 pm:

    (interruting the music over the loud speaker), “Darla …Darl,, your ‘Iced, Mocha, Frappachino’ is ready …”

  15. - Amalia - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 4:54 pm:

    NW side election day blues.

  16. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 5:30 pm:

    “From Remco Records, Robert Martwick and the Northest Side Trucers proudly make available to you by this infomercial only…

    This wonderful CD has all of their Top Songs …

    ‘Two out of Three Seats Ain’t Bad’

    ‘I got Norwood Park on My Mind’

    ‘Fishing from the “Billy Banks”‘

    ‘Roger, Billy, and Jimmy’

    ‘Every Rosemont has a Thorn’

    ‘Mulrolling Down to Springfield’

    …And many many more!

    If you order now, Rep. Martwick and the Northwest Side Trucers will throw in one of their classics, never recorded before until now …

    ‘Someone Knocking at my Door, Do Me a Favor, vote Absentee, and Let Them In’

    …You could pay $20, some even might say $30, but today, $9.95, and act now, and you get a 2 Cannoli from Caputo’s on Harlem. Caputo’s for all your food needs.

    Act now, Operators are standing by …”

  17. - steve schnorf - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 5:30 pm:

    “God bless the boys who make the noise…”

  18. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 6:05 pm:

    Good comments, just not very many. I think Martwick is proving to be a blog dud. He may like that, though, so I’m hesitant to rule out another post. lol

  19. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 6:27 pm:

    I am struggling with Martwick. I blame myself.

    To the Post,

    “Is that a hang nail?”

  20. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 6:44 pm:

    “… and although its been 25 years since he was discovered on that ancient computer site ‘’, his boyish good looks are still there. Those guitar lessons are finally paying off and he is packing them in by the dozens… in coffee shops, railway stops, and street corners that have yet to ban … Justin Bieber plays on, forever.

    For ‘Behind the Music’ …”

  21. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 6:46 pm:

    “When did John Stamos learn to play the guitar, and turn blonde?”

    “We loved you in ‘Full House’ …”

  22. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 7:07 pm:

    “I’m just a ‘Shroom, yes, I’m only a ‘Shroom, and I am sitting in a Committee Room…”

  23. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 7:08 pm:

    “Rumor Has it … Rumor has it …Rumor has it I’m the ‘Shroom Cross is recruiting for … Rumor has it!”

  24. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 7:12 pm:

    “I gave Speaker a Roll Call
    That had no win
    I gave Speaker Amendments
    That had no Spin
    I gave Speaker a story
    That haaad no ‘fin’
    I gave…”

    (MJM grabs guitar, throws it against the wall, shattering)

    MJM: ….Sorry.

  25. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 7:21 pm:

    “I was told to write music that included things I know about have seen so … bear with me….I think you might like this …”

    (Struggling, making it up as he goes along)

    “The Committeeman picks a candidate, the Committeeman picks a candidate, Hi ho the Dairy oh, the Committeeman picks a candidate…

    The Candidate picks …a staff… yeah a staff. the Candidate picks a staff, hi ho the Dairy oh, the Canidate picks a staff…

    The Staff picks … um, Media People …the Staff picks Media People, Hi ho the Dairy oh, the Staff picks … Media People…

    The Meida People get fired by Staff, the Media People get fired by Staff, Hi ho the Dairy, oh, the Media People get fired by Staff…

    The Speaker’s Guy reassigns the Staff, the Speaker’ Guy reassigns the Staff, Hi ho the Dairy oh, the Speaker’s Guy reassigns the Staff …

    The Speaker’s guy takes over everything … then guys come and walk precincts …and … Hi ho …then … then we win…”


    Thank YOU!”

  26. - Elaine - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 7:56 pm:

    You can see the whole story at

  27. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 8:10 pm:

    Oh yeah, Baby, I”M cool, I’m SOOO cool, and a lit’ bit powerful too–just a lil’ bit, but still…! LET”S JAM!!!

  28. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Apr 30, 13 @ 9:17 pm:

    Laugh all you want, Ozzy called last night. Then the guys from Pantera want me to fill Dime’s spot on the reunion tour this summer. What a day!

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