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Windy City Corruption

I owe a big tip of the hat to Tom Elia, who blogged yesterday about the astonishing statistic that three Illinois governors since 1960 have gone to jail. I mentioned this stat in my piece on the homepage today after reading about it at Tom’s place. Today, Tom has furnished more stats on corruption in Chicago specifically: “Since 1972,” he writes, “at least 26 Chicago alderman have been convicted of crimes.”
The point of my piece was that if Obama’s friend and fundraiser Tony Rezko is convicted of corruption, and if Rezko’s conviction leads to an indictment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the national press might — might — start applying more scrutiny to Obama’s formative years in a political culture that’s proved to be much worse than just a few bad apples. We’ll see.


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