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Cook County a "Dark Pool of Political Corruption"
NBC ^ | 02/19/2010 | NBC/AP

Posted on 02/19/2010 11:23:07 AM PST by iowamark

New study provides insight into 141+ years of political hijinks

Cook County has been a "dark pool of political corruption" for more than a century, a new study by the University of Illinois at Chicago says.

Nearly 150 employees, politicians and contractors in the nation's second-largest county have been convicted on corruption charges since 1957, according to a report released Thursday by the university and the Better Government Association (.pdf)

The 33-page study gives a history of corruption, starting from 1869 when county commissioners were jailed for rigging a bid to paint City Hall. It also details hiring scandals, including some under Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. Stroger hasn't been charged with any crime.

In the last 36 years, 31 sitting or former Chicago alderman have been convicted of corruption or other crimes. The last was Ike Carothers (29th), who earlier this month plead guilty to charges he accepted gifts in exchange for his votes on zoning issues.

The study says reforms could turn things around, including stricter campaign finance laws and amending a county ethics ordinance.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: axelrod; chicagopolitics; cookcounty; corrpution; government; il; jarret; obamamachine; paytoplay; president; rahmemanuel
33 page report:

http://www.uic.edu/depts/pols/ChicagoPolitics/Anti-corruptionReportNumber3.pdf

1 posted on 02/19/2010 11:23:07 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

There’s a reason why they call it Crook County!


2 posted on 02/19/2010 11:23:35 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: iowamark

Dog bites man story, but still worth the telling.


3 posted on 02/19/2010 11:24:56 AM PST by EternalVigilance (TATBO - "Throw All The Bums Out")
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To: iowamark

In other news, the sun will set in the West this evening.


4 posted on 02/19/2010 11:25:09 AM PST by yobid (2012 can not get here soon enough)
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5 posted on 02/19/2010 11:25:13 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Let me guess, this is Obama’s district.


6 posted on 02/19/2010 11:25:32 AM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (According to the MSM, I'm a fringe sitting, pajama wearing, Freeper)
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To: iowamark
--what would we do without universities to do studies--?

--I've known that since I was about 7-8 years old--heard it from the folks, in Wisconsin , yet--

7 posted on 02/19/2010 11:26:19 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: iowamark

Yea my town made the news again..... Cook county where you get to choose between crooks and left wing communist radicals. Hint, vote for they guy in the orange jump suit.


8 posted on 02/19/2010 11:28:27 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: iowamark

“A cesspool of encitefulness”.. Chicago Mayor Harold Washington


9 posted on 02/19/2010 11:28:48 AM PST by A. Morgan (ZER0 is a BIG LIAR!)
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To: iowamark

They need to conduct a “study” to find this out!?!


10 posted on 02/19/2010 11:32:35 AM PST by BradtotheBone (Moderate Democrat - A politician whose voting record leans left and whose vote can be bought.)
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To: iowamark
But the study does look back at decades of corruption cases, including Operation Greylord -- a federal probe of the Cook County Court system that ended with 15 judges, 47 lawyers and 24 police officers and court personnel convicted of crimes. The most notorious was Judge Thomas J. Maloney, convicted of taking bribes to fix felony cases, including murder.

from related link on same study chicago suntimes

11 posted on 02/19/2010 11:36:45 AM PST by opentalk
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To: iowamark

This brings to mind a recent email I received:

“Advice on Term Limits: Limit all US politicians to two terms.

One in office
One in prison

Illinois already does this.”


12 posted on 02/19/2010 11:39:15 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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AGAIN I ask(I REALLY want to know) why is Chicago and/or Cook County, IL so corrupt? What in the history of the area turned them corrupt, what event?


13 posted on 02/19/2010 11:41:33 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: iowamark
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14 posted on 02/19/2010 11:48:35 AM PST by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: Auntie Mame
Once when some friends and I were sitting around, one of them asked, "What's the easiest way to corrupt politicians?"

Two of us answered at the same time: "Elect them."

15 posted on 02/19/2010 11:51:22 AM PST by milagro
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To: US Navy Vet

“AGAIN I ask(I REALLY want to know) why is Chicago and/or Cook County, IL so corrupt?”

They’ve perfected the machine: if you don’t support your local precinct captain, your garbage doesn’t get emptied; if you don’t support your local alderman, your building permit never comes through; if you don’t support your local mayor, your zoning variance is never approved, etc., etc., etc.

That kind of cronyism permeates the city from top to bottom.

And most of the big fish insulate themselves from as much direct involvement as possibe. Lots of little fish get swept up from time-to-time, but except for governors, oddly enough, most of the rest of the major slime just skate above the cesspool.

And by the way, the “crony-capitalism” the current crowd in the White House has in mind for the country incorporates this sort of stuff on a truly grand scale.


16 posted on 02/19/2010 12:07:59 PM PST by Stosh
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To: Stosh

What historical event started the corruption?


17 posted on 02/19/2010 12:10:30 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet
I wonder if it had to do with the meat-packing industry and the unions which shut them down in Chicago.

Don't know for sure.

18 posted on 02/19/2010 12:18:47 PM PST by what's up
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To: iowamark

That will take a whole lot of study to do the research to go back far enough to when it first began to be a problem!!!


19 posted on 02/19/2010 12:25:31 PM PST by handy old one (If you play in nature be prepared to be played with by nature!)
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To: US Navy Vet
AGAIN I ask(I REALLY want to know) why is Chicago and/or Cook County, IL so corrupt? What in the history of the area turned them corrupt, what event?

As best I can tell it has always been corrupt. Al Capone cleaned things up in the 20's. At least we knew who the politicians were working for. And Al's tendency to shoot rivals ensured that the politicians were only taking bribes from him.

But with the downfall of organized crime under the Capone family, Chicago reverted to disorganized crime under the Daley family. Old man Daley wasn't too bad since he worked under the theory that you could take a dollar from a million people and nobody would notice. His son in contrast works under the theory that you take everything from everyone and use the ward bosses to distribute some of their own money back to them, but only those who are politically reliable.

Here in Illinois we have term limits. Chicago mayors are limited to a single lifetime term. Governors do 6-8 years in Springfield and then 12-16 in federal prison.
20 posted on 02/19/2010 12:37:05 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: iowamark

The only surprise is that the UofI-Chicago (Ayers’s base) unertook the study, much less published it. The profs and students better watch their backs.


21 posted on 02/19/2010 12:38:51 PM PST by EDINVA (Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: BradtotheBone

What do you think the stimulus money was spent on? I mean, at least 5 jobs were created, albeit temporary.


22 posted on 02/19/2010 12:42:08 PM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: iowamark

So “...reforms could turn things around...” Yeah. I’m SURE Shortshanks would be all FOR that!!


23 posted on 02/19/2010 12:55:15 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: US Navy Vet

“What historical event started the corruption?”

I don’t really think any specific historical event could be fingered as the beginning - Chicago machine politics just kind of evolved.

Up until the ‘60’s or so, Chicago was largely a city of ethnic neighborhoods - if you told me your address, I could make a pretty good guess as to whether you were Irish or Polish or Italian or Lithuanian or Black or Mexican, etc. - to a certain extent, you can still do that a little bit today.

The various ethnic groups were able to trade their votes as voting blocs for pieces of political power; over a period of time, trafficing in political influence became more and more the standard for local governance, hence the Democrat machine.

The same thing happened in most other big cities - you had the Tweed gang in New York which evolved into the LaGuardia machine; in Boston you had the Curley machine; I’m sure there were lots of others.

The pols in Chicago were just better at it than most - part of that had to do with the original Mayor Daley, who tolerated incredible corruption, but lived in a bungalow in his modest neighborhood of Bridgeport (which in fact was corruption central for the machine). The first Daley kept the city running relatively efficiently, but the corruption was so firmly embedded that once he kicked off, the whole racket got worse, but city services pretty much began to deteriorate as well.

To give you an idea how screwed up the city is - it’s got just about the worst school system in country, neighborhood shootings are an almost daily occurence, the transit system is in a constant state of near-collapse, streets are pot-hole ridden — and every last one of the 50 alderman in the city council is a democrat, they all have been for the last several decades, and they all will continue to be as far as the eye can see.

But at least we’re not Detroit.


24 posted on 02/19/2010 3:08:15 PM PST by Stosh
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To: milagro
Once when some friends and I were sitting around, one of them asked, "What's the easiest way to corrupt politicians?"

Two of us answered at the same time: "Elect them."

LOL! Great minds and all that. ; - )

25 posted on 02/19/2010 3:47:33 PM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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