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Lobbyist Marks a Milestone

Updated: Thursday, February 6 2014, 03:35 PM CST

A fixture at the capitol is celebrating a major milestone this week - his 90th birthday.  Dick Lockhart formed his own lobbying business in 1958 and tells us he has no plans to retire. We asked what changes he's seen at the capitol during his decades there and Lockhart gave us a glimpse at how things used to be. He says, back when he started lawmakers only met 2 to 3 months every two years and districts had mutiiple members. He tells us, now things are much more intense with things happening all year round. As for what's kept him around? The workload from lawmakers and clients.
Lockhart says, "And there's plenty of work generated by the General Assembly here, they introduce 6, 7000 bills every year, and somebody said a long time ago, there's no law against bad laws, so as a consequence we have bad laws..."
He was honored today in the senate with a proclamation recognizing his career.
Lockhart has had many interesting milestones in his life; He wrote the Encyclopedia Brittanica's 10,000 word article on Illinois and before becoming a lobbyist, Lockhart fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War 2 where he was captured by Germans and held as a POW for 4 months.

Lobbyist Marks a Milestone


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