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Bernard H Sieracki - General Interest -Statecraft

Bernie Sieracki spent a lifetime as a lobbyist, working in the Illinois state legislature for a variety of clients, including the Illinois Petroleum Council and later on, Waste Management before starting his own lobbying firm, Business Government Relations. Sieracki talks extensively about lobbying, and about the political culture in Springfield during his roughly forty years as a lobbyist. Following the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2009, he was perfectly suited to write the definitive book on the impeachment process, entitled "A Just Cause: The Impeachment and Removal of Governor Rod Blagojevich."

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Blagojevich entering political events


Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life, military experiences and early college education

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Early career as a lobbyist for Illinois Petroleum Council

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Lobbying career during 1980s and 1990s

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Barack Obama, and how the legislature has changed over the years

Interview Session 05 (Audio)

Blagojevich administration and decision to write book on impeachment

Interview Session 06 (Audio)

Legislature’s impeachment and trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich

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