Once again the Chicago City Council proved it's not ready for reform. Recently, the council voted unanimously to pass the second set of reforms proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Ethics Task Force, except as the reforms would apply to them.
The usual story has been that Chicago is corrupt but the suburbs are examples of honest, effective government. This week, with University of Illinois at Chicago colleagues and students, I am releasing a report that proves that popular image false.
Unless Chicagoans give a damn, we will never have the votes at the ballot box or in the city council to end the endemic cultural of corruption which has plagued this city since the first public corruption convictions in 1869.