Illinois: Beyond Grief

Addressing a Saturday night rally of campaign workers, the candidate could not resist a word of praise for his daughter. "Valerie," he said, "is my best precinct worker." Charles Harting Percy was not simply indulging his paternal pride. In his hard-hitting campaign to unseat Illinois' three-term Democratic Senator Paul Douglas, 74, comely, honey-haired Valerie Percy, 21, a June graduate of Cornell, proved one of Chuck Percy's doughtiest aides. With sunny enthusiasm that made the task seem effortless, she recruited and coordinated hundreds of youthful Percy-for-Senator volunteers, helped set up 22 campaign centers in the Chicago area, made dozens of...

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