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Greene: Will Chicago ever be ready for reform?
CNN ^ | 12.10.08 | bob Greene

Posted on 12/13/2008 4:52:19 PM PST by Thebaddog

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- These days, you have to wonder whether Barack Obama would like to retract those two words he ad-libbed at the very beginning of his victory speech in Grant Park -- the two words that didn't appear in his prepared text.

Those two words seemed so innocuous at the time:

"Hello, Chicago!"

This week it would be hard to blame him if he is counting down the seconds until he can say goodbye to Chicago. "Change We Can Believe In" was an inspiring and highly successful campaign slogan, but this is a city that, in the ways that really count, never changes, and a man can grow old and embittered waiting for it to.

The legal and political questions whirling around the governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, will play themselves out in time. The nation, most of whose citizens had never heard his name before this week, will eventually turn its attention to other news stories.

And Chicago?

Don't Miss Greene: Scandal kills Chicago's Obama buzz Commentary: What was Blagojevich thinking? More Bob Greene There are those who are predicting that this time around, the city will undergo a profound transformation. That the old quotation attributed to the late Alderman Paddy Bauler -- "Chicago ain't rea

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: hypocrisy; irony; sexualharassment
I couldn't care less what is written. What I enjoy is that Greene was tossed out of Chicago some time ago in a Tribune scandal for bedding young reporterettes while he was writing a column here in the Trib. I forget some details about his wife back in Ohio,but he did her way wrong.
1 posted on 12/13/2008 4:52:19 PM PST by Thebaddog
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2 posted on 12/13/2008 4:55:00 PM PST by Leisler ("Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Democrat forever. " Lenin)
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Where can I apply for Greene’s old job?


3 posted on 12/13/2008 4:55:24 PM PST by whitedog57
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"Will Chicago ever be ready for reform?"

I doubt it. No more cows left to kick the lantern over, which is about what it would take now...

4 posted on 12/13/2008 4:57:04 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald may very well be the most admired man in Chicago right now, and many people are comparing him to Eliot Ness.

No, they're not. They know that Patrick Fitzgerald waited until after the election, because if anything had blown up Obama's chances for election would have been adversely affected. And now Fitzgerald gets to "lose" all those other problems Gov Rod had, that could have gotten him arrested in June of this year, if the prosecutor was an honest person instead of another politician rehearsing for his own campaigns.

5 posted on 12/13/2008 4:57:30 PM PST by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald may very well be the most admired man in Chicago right now, and many people are comparing him to Eliot Ness.

Nope. He screwed Scooter Libby on an underlying process crime, and by his inartful timing, let Barry off the hook (embarrassment prior to Nov 4). Any bets that NO ONE on Barry's team is tagged with a process crime? I could be wrong, but I think the odds are in my favor.

6 posted on 12/13/2008 5:02:38 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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Bob was forced out of the Tribune because of some rather questionable behavior with a high school girl.


7 posted on 12/13/2008 5:06:46 PM PST by Krankor (Vitajex, what ya doin' to me)
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This week it would be hard to blame him if he is counting down the seconds until he can say goodbye to Chicago.

Then why did he relocate the DNC to Chicago.

And Fitz is in no way a knight in shining armor. He "gets" the people he is allowed to get.

8 posted on 12/13/2008 5:07:41 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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Not as long the mafioso’s are still there running the city and the state and the unions.....Right , Barry?


9 posted on 12/13/2008 5:14:45 PM PST by Bullfrogg
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More than one. He had a reputation for being a lizard. But it was about his wife that it was a most horrid scandal. She might have been ill back in Ohio while he was doing the tourist girls.


10 posted on 12/13/2008 5:18:31 PM PST by Thebaddog (WTF just happened to us?)
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Hah, maybe that’s why he wants to move into the Blair House a couple of weeks early.

Ha ha. Loser.


11 posted on 12/13/2008 5:20:13 PM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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Any bets that NO ONE on Barry's team is tagged with a process crime? I could be wrong, but I think the odds are in my favor.

You're not wrong.

12 posted on 12/13/2008 5:23:08 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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The question is miserly in it’s scope. The problem isn’t limited to Chicago - it’s the whole state of Illinois.


13 posted on 12/13/2008 5:32:33 PM PST by RonF
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People forget that Elliot Ness refused to go after John Dillinger. Purvis did the job instead.

In this case there is no Purvis to pick up the pieces.

Inasmuch as there's a cottage industry on Dillinger and Dillinger related people and events, I just now went looking to see if there was anything new, and lo and behold, in this mostly Chicago based drama, there's a Janice Jarrett who was going to be married to Purvis.

There's a Valerie Jarrett involved in the Obama/Blogo scandal. See: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/gangsters_outlaws/outlaws/dillinger/13.html

14 posted on 12/13/2008 5:39:16 PM PST by muawiyah
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No, it isn’t. All of Illinois pays for Chicago’s crimes, though.


15 posted on 12/13/2008 6:28:53 PM PST by arkady_renko
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NO. Chicago has been run by thugs since Al Capone. It has never changed from that day to this. The Daly crowd has ruled for nearly 50 years, daddy and son. The aldermen or whatever you call them are routinely busted for taking bribes. Union thugs. You name it. If I were a free agent baseball player, I would not take a contract to play there if their (Cubs or White Sox) out bid everyone else by millions. I'd take less to stay out of that scummy run town. And I actually like the Cubbies, those lovable losers. I hate the White Sox, Osama's team.
16 posted on 12/13/2008 6:33:36 PM PST by RetiredArmy (I vote for freedom, liberty and the way the USA was founded. Not the way the Marxists want it.)
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