Goodbye Elgin High Book

Come to the Elgin Public House on Thursday, December 19th from 6:00-9:00pm for an event to celebrate Goodbye Elgin High, the new book by Mike Bailey that details the history of our community! Author Mike Bailey (former managing editor of the Courier News) will be on hand to sign books, and prizes and appetizers will be available. A portion of proceeds of all books sold will be donated to support the PADS shelter! If you are unable to attend the event, books are also available for purchase at the Goodbye Elgin High website.


Elgin, Illinois in the 1960s was Burns malts, Star hamburgers, Lazzara’s pizza, Elgin High School basketball and downtown shopping. But it was a lot more than that as Mike Bailey reveals in this hilarious and poignant story of attending Elgin High School in the mid 1960s while living in an All-American City.

Goodbye Elgin High is the parallel story of young people coming of age and a Midwestern city undergoing dramatic change. The book reveals behind the scenes political intrigue, including a city councilman who brought a loaded gun to a council meeting, police with automatic weapons on the city hall roof during racial disturbances, judicial shenanigans, bitter divisiveness in the police department and the resolution to a decades old mystery. See Elgin of the 1950s and 1960s I more than two dozen photos, some of which have never before been published.”