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.
Monday was a good day, even if there are still power plays, shady deals and more money shuffling through Springfield and Chicago each day than through a Vegas casino. A man who thought he was too powerful to be caught was caught.