Robert E. Hartley and David Kenney are the authors of An Uncertain Tradition: U.S. Senators from Illinois, 1818-2003. Robert E. Hartley, a journalist for the Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers in Illinois from 1962 to 1979, is the author of Lewis and Clark in Illinois Country: The Little-Told Story and Paul Powell of Illinois: A Lifelong Democrat. David Kenney served in the cabinet of Illinois Governor James Thompson and has taught political science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of A Political Passage: The Career of Stratton of Illinois and the coauthor of Basic Illinois Government: A Systematic Explanation.
"A book on the two disasters is long overdue, and Bob Hartley and David Kenney are a perfect pair to tell the story. Their account is an important contribution to the historical literature of downstate Illinois." - Taylor Pensoneau, former president of the Illinois Coal Association and author of Governor Richard Ogilvie: In the Interest of the State"