I’m Shocked to Discover Corruption In Chicago Politics

OK, I’m not that Shocked.

Patronage – hiring people who help you out politically, or the relatives of those people – has long tradition in Chicago. Toni Preckwinkle hired the children of politicians, former aldermen, Daley and Madigan workers — despite her pledge to end patronage.

Then there is Smollett. Chicago police files on Jussie Smollett investigation show behind-the-scenes maneuvers. You expected Justice? In Chicago? You’re not paying attention.

The statistics on corruption are staggering. Another Chicago alderman pleads guilty to corruption charges.

South Side Ald. Willie Cochran pleaded guilty March 21 to felony wire fraud for spending his ward’s charity funds on personal expenses. That’s 30 Chicago aldermen convicted of corruption since 1972.

That doesn’t count folks like Tony Rezko, who was never elected to anything as far as I know, or former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Or the other Illinois governors. (Memory isn’t what it was, but want to say that 4 of the last 7 Illinois Governors were convicted of corruption charges, though not always about what they did in office.)

So another corrupt politician from Chicago? Meh.

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