If you were a young, aspiring Chicago politician, looking for someone to model yourself after, who would you go to for advice? Barack Obama? Richard M. Daley? Michael Madigan? How about Roland Burris?
Next week, Burris is holding another session of his “Burris School for Politics,” a practical course in getting elected, from Jan. 8-10. As he told WBEZ last year, “you learn not political science, you learn politics.”
Here are the details:
The Burris School of Politics is designed as a combination of political education and experience based training for leadership.
The aim of the Burris School of Politics is to enable people through a condensed education and training program.
The school provides theoretical knowledge and development of practical skills in understanding of political cultures, management and communication.
The school is for everyone:
Republican, Democratic or Independent
Newly Appointed Officials
Individuals Seeking Office
High School and College Students
All interested in upcoming elections and how government works
Limited Space REGISTER TODAY! Limited Space
To Register Call: 312.364.9292 Ext. 22
Class Dates: January 8, 9, and 10 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Class Times: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuition Fee: $50
Class Location: West Chesterfield Community Association
Cultural Center: 9351 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL
Burris became a laughingstock after he accepted Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appointment to the U.S. Senate -- Time named him one of its “Least Influential People” -- but you could have worse teachers.
The man knew how to play the game. He was the first African-American to win statewide office in the state that has elected more African-Americans than any other. Overall, he won four statewide elections in Illinois -- three for comptroller and one for attorney general -- and was never indicted during his 16 years in Springfield. Those are both remarkable achievements.