Cardinal Durbin If something horrible should happen to Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, look for Rep. Dick Durbin to carry a lot of water for Illinois in Congress. The Springfield Dem recently became chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture and Related Agencies, making him a member of the College of Cardinals, the name given the powerful subcommittee heads who say where federal dollars go. (At 48, Durbin is about half the age of the other cardinals. And it was Rosty who got him on Approps.) Has anyone been kissing his ring since his elevation? "Edgar and Daley have me in their Rolodex," he laughed.
Fed Foreman U.S. Atty. Fred Foreman is talking to law firms in Chicago about life after Bill Clinton, though he'll continue to live in Lake County where he was state's attorney. And he's told Rich Daley that he'd like to be active in helping people who live in the inner city. Does this make him a "bleeding-heart conservative?" "Yes," says Foreman, who makes no secret of his desire to run for public office again. The only question is when.
Air wars Somewhere out there, circling for a landing near the end of January, is a General Accounting Office study of possible sites for a third airport. The study was requested by Rep. George Sangmeister back when Lake Calumet was still alive. Also included are Peotone, Beecher and Kankakee. So what happens if the study says Lake Calumet is the best site?