Over the years, he has been the most important politician Chicago had in Washington. It was Rosty who brought the all-important pork back home.

Rosty brought $225 million for a massive reconstruction of the city's Kennedy Expressway. There was an additional $21.3 million for a new Chicago transit system and an airline passenger tax that will finance millions in improvements at O'Hare and Midway airports.

If Rosty goes down, President Clinton will miss him sorely, because he is Clinton's point man in the House of Representatives.

But Chicago will miss him a lot more. In our time, there never will be another Rosty.

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