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Author Gradel, Thomas J.

Title Corrupt Illinois : patronage, cronyism, and criminality / Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson ; foreword by Jim Edgar.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2015]
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 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  364.1323 GRA    AVAILABLE
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Description xii, 270 pages : illustrations, map, photographs ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Corrupt Illinois -- MAchine politics and stolen elections -- The sorry state of Illinois -- Aldermanic corruption -- Chicago city haul -- Crook county -- Suburban scandals -- Police abuse and corruption -- Jailbird judges and crooked couts -- Congressional corruption -- Ending the culture of corruption.
Summary Public funds spent on jets and horses. Shoeboxes stuffed with embezzled cash. Ghost payrolls and incarcerated ex-governors. Illinois' culture of "Where's mine?" and the public apathy it engenders has made our state and local politics a disgrace. In Corrupt Illinois, veteran political observers Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson take aim at business-as-usual. Naming names, the authors lead readers through a gallery of rogues and rotten apples to illustrate how generations of chicanery have undermined faith in, and hope for, honest government. From there, they lay out how to implement institutional reforms that provide accountability and eradicate the favoritism, sweetheart deals, and conflicts of interest corroding our civic life.
Subject Political corruption -- Illinois -- History.
Misconduct in office -- Illinois -- History.
Patronage, Political -- Illinois -- History.
Illinois -- Politics and government.
Added Author Simpson, Dick W.
Edgar, Jim.
ISBN 9780252078552 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0252078551 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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