“It’s all there,” writes Better Government Association President & CEO Andy Shaw in Sunday’s Sun-Times.
“Dishonest Chicago aldermen, crooked Cook County pols, sleazy suburban overlords and untoward state officials.”
He’s writing about a new book, Corrupt Illinois, ” a self-styled tale of ‘patronage, cronyism and criminality’ in Illinois.”
Shaw call the book, “a veritable encyclopedia of three-plus decades of bad behavior in Illinois political circles.”
Bad behavior, it’s important- no, essential- to note, that has cost taxpayers a fortune, with nothing to show for it.
A “’must read’ for anyone interested in a definitive account of the public thievery.”
“We do not have a few ‘rotten apples,’ Simpson and Gradel write. “We have a rotten apple barrel and a pervasive culture of corruption.”
That culture, Shaw writes, has “permeated the everyday workings of government, robbing regular citizens of their hard-earned tax dollars, depriving them of honest services, and eroding their civic pride.”
Ron Serpico. Chris Welch, Anthony Calderone, and all the schlubs who support them, they’ll never read the book.
But the rest of us should and need to. I’m buying mine tomorrow.
It's available through University of Illinois Press for $19.95
Thomas J. Gradel spent 35 years as a media consultant and served on the staff of Governor Dan Walker. He is a freelance writer and political researcher. Dick Simpson is a professor, former head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, former Chicago alderman and congressional candidate. His books include Rogues, Rebels, and Rubber Stamps: The Politics of the Chicago City Council from 1863 to the Present and Teaching Civic Engagement.