Governing the Prairie State

Illinois Governors coverThe Illinois Governors: Mostly Good and Competent
Revised and Updated by Pensoneau and Boyer Long
By Howard

Submitter: I don’t know if anyone outside of Illinois will find this as funny as I do. The subtitle is really what did me in. This was written during Blagojevich’s administration, but before he was impeached in 2009. I actually left it on the shelf of my small, rural, public library because we had no other book on this subject. I will look for an updated edition or a more recent book, and replace it.

Holly: I wonder if there’s a Michigan edition? 😉


Illinois Governors back cover


    1. At the risk of getting political*, I have always admired Ryan’s death penalty stance.

      *Please don’t post this if you think it will lead to unpleasantness.

  1. That subtitle tho! I am imagining the inside of this book where each governor is rated on a scale ranging from “good and competent” to something like “utterly inept and disgraceful”! 🙂

    1. The closest I’ve seen to that was a book published in the run up to Election 2004 that ranked all but 1 of the elections of the President to date. At the beginning of each chapter was a “sleazeOmeter”.

  2. LOL — I’m a native Illinoisian (at 18 went away to college, worked in libraries elsewhere, returned to IL in 1998). We do have a checkered gubernatorial record.

  3. Marc Meppen did something similar to this for New Jersey in the 1990s, listing his pick of the 3 best and 3 worst governors. This was before McGreavy and Christie.

  4. Wow, that is the weakest praise they could have possibly come up with! That’s a line you use in the book, certainly not as a subtitle on the cover. It would have been better if they’d just not had a subtitle, or changed the title entirely to something like The Illinois Governors: A History.

    1. I think it is very funny, and realistic — and endearing. It might make me pick up the book.

  5. We could do one here: “MA Speakers of the House: Mostly Not In Prison At Time of Publication.”

  6. This is my all-time favorite book title! (Disclaimer: I live in IL.) I will never allow it to be weeded as long as I’m working here, or until they update the info with newer office-holders. It really is a very good book, too; lots of info on all of the governors that have served, even the “bad stuff.”

  7. It is also one of my all-time favorite book titles. Many of our local libraries in Illinois have it, but I can see that it would be of limited interest out of state. I do wish they would update it!

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