The Stench of Corruption

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Is it me or does Mayor Daley resemble Mayor “Diamond” Joe Quimby more and more each day?

Not to be outdone by the Bush White House, Mayor Daley et al are keeping U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois- and special prosecutor on the Rove/Plame affair- Patrick Fitzgerald awfully busy. The New York Times has the latest grimy details.

So far, 30 people have been charged in the hiring corruption schemes, and 20 have been convicted. And yet, on this very blog, we have those whom still defend Da Mare.

How corrupt were the hiring practices?
– One of the candidates was hired based on high scores in his interview. The only problem is that he had died prior to the interview, casting some doubt on the validity of his scores.
– A color-coded chart was in circulation throughout City departments which showed the job applicants

7 Comments so far

  1. JenniferRoche (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 3:21 pm

    I did the Google:

    Daley + Corruption = 95,300

    Chicago + Corruption = 1,380,000

    Bush + Corruption = 3,570,000

    Frankly, I’m a helluva lot more worried about the criminal corruption in the White House.


  2. nikkos (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 3:30 pm

    I agree completely. No one wants to see those assholes crash and burn worse than I do (and they will crash and burn).

    However, the dictum holds: all politics is local. And I, for one, refuse to defend Daley simply because he is a prominent Democrat.


  3. Brianne (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 3:55 pm

    It is quite funny how quick Chicagoans are to defend Daley. We say how much he did for the city. We say how he is the lesser of two evil or how corrupt other politicians are. I too am guilty of it. Do the positives outweigh the negatives or are we just using it as an excuse?


  4. nikkos (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 3:57 pm

    I think it’s mostly apathy.


  5. JenniferRoche (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 8:37 pm

    OK. Fair enough. This is worth examining for sure. Is he a benevolent dictator crook or an effective mayor who refuses to put a stake in the patronage system to his own detriment?

    I go back and forth. Sometimes I’m in awe of how well this city works. How right stuff goes. Like the Park District. The Cultural Center. Or the way he didn’t cave to the Bears for the Stadium. Or his green initiatives.

    But, then I look at the pathetic recycling program and the crappy bus system and wonder what’s up with that? He can get Donald Trump to put a spire on his building, but he can’t get the buses to run on time?

    His legacy on both sides of the argument is set. But, public opinion in my opinion is no where near ready to sway against him. Corruption in hiring practices? We already knew that!


  6. nikkos (unregistered) on July 21st, 2005 @ 10:11 am

    Follow-up reading: article in the Trib profiling Michael Shakman, a lawyer that sued the city over the very same hiring practices over 3o years ago…http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/nearwest/chi-0507210030jul21,1,787564.story?coll=chi-newslocalnearwest-hed


  7. Marty Gleason (unregistered) on July 21st, 2005 @ 10:28 am

    There was a rumor in certain legal circles for a long time that Daley never even passed the Bar Exam; remember, before he was the Mayor, he was the Cook County State’s Attorney. He had deputies, one of whom (the rumor goes) looked WAY too much like him. Corruption and patronage have surrounded Daley since the beginning of his political life; so it’s no wonder that his machine is being disassembled.

    However, I think the whole reason why Chicagoans are so apathetic about this situation is because in illinois, Patronage and Corruption is the name of the game. It doesn’t matter if it’s state, county or city–the perception has been, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, that it is not what you know, but who you know.

    For instance, despite a hiring freeze, Cook County still hires management level positions; even after the tribune the sun-times outed them on it.



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