* They just don’t make ‘em like Daniel Pierce any more. This is from 1988…
Twenty years into his political career, Highland Park Mayor Daniel Pierce changed hats.
After being state representative for the 58th District for two decades, Pierce shifted to local government when he was elected mayor in the spring of 1987.
‘’Some people were surprised and asked why I wanted to go to the municipal level of government after being at the state level,'’ says Pierce, 60. ‘’It`s a much different experience, but the move to mayor of my own hometown was very satisfactory and challenging. Being mayor puts you right in the heart of the community. And I like that.'’
Born in Chicago, he lived in Glencoe before his family settled in Highland Park in 1944. He graduated from New Trier Township High School in 1946, got a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University in 1949 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1952. Then he served in the Air Force in the Korean War.
Dan passed away this week. I got to know him over the years and I always enjoyed his company. Everyone did. My sincere condolences to his family. He was truly a joy to know.
Governor J.B. Pritzker’s senior adviser and former campaign consultant Nikki Budzinksi is leaving the administration at the end of the month.
“I love the Governor,” Budzinski said in a phone call Wednesday morning, “but it was just time.”
Budzinski’s role was not always clearly defined within the administration. As senior adviser, she floated between four deputy governors and helped as a sort of utility player to steer big pieces of legislation through the statehouse in the early days of the first year. Her chief accomplishment was negotiating with labor leaders and legislators to coordinate the passage of the $15 minimum wage hike, and later to implement a massive broadband expansion which promises to deliver faster internet speeds downstate. […]
“Nikki is widely beloved downstate, and is a close ally and friend,” Governor Pritzker said in an emailed statement. “She also is the first person who supported me, helped me to decide whether to run for governor and helped put together my campaign from our earliest days. As senior adviser, she was a valued voice in the administration, and while she will be missed, I know that she will succeed in this next professional chapter.”