It’s taking the Feds to unravel the depth of corruption in cities like Chicago and St. Louis… In all the hoopla about abortion, Russians and a lackluster election cycle you may have missed this 5 part series by the Chicago Tribune,
“Blame the aged but still creaking political machine for griming and grinding up Chicago. About a century ago, Democratic power brokers established their ward-by-ward, block-by-block dominion by handing out favors to the people of this city. What’s the difference between providing constituent services and illegally buying votes? The question was rarely asked when ward heelers publicly delivered turkeys at Christmas, flunkies brazenly distributed cash on Election Day and committeemen lavishly doled out jobs.
Corruption begat more corruption. Pinstripe patronage, insider deals, clouted City Council decisions: Decade by decade, Chicagoans lost — cynics would say surrendered — control of their city.
Fast-forward to 2019. Try to silence the voice in your head that says machine politics dominates this metropolis. The voice that says nothing changes in Chicago except the names of the political figures under federal investigation. The voice that says elected officials deliver only mediocre services and stale promises of reform.”
This is not limited to Chicago. Or St. Louis.
Mayor Lightfoot and the machine … Part 1: Why this is the moment to reform Chicago
Excesses of the Democratic political machine dirtied Chicago. Can Lori Lightfoot, a political outsider, clean up Chicago politics? Yes. Here’s a road map.