I know, you’re shocked the political home base of Barack Obama and Richard Daley is so corrupt. I mean, having produced such dignitaries as Valerie Jarrett, Jeremiah Wright, Rahm Emanuel…it’s hard to imagine the place isn’t the center of virtue and transparency.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A former Chicago alderman turned political science professor/corruption fighter has found that Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country.
He cites data from the U.S. Department of Justice to prove his case. And, he says, Illinois is third-most corrupt state in the country.
University of Illinois professor Dick Simpson estimates the cost of corruption at $500 million.
Systemic corruption in the city goes back more than a century. And that’s just the corruption we know about:
“We first of all, we have a long history,” Simpson said. “The first corruption trial was in 1869 when alderman and county commissioners were convicted of rigging a contract to literally whitewash City Hall.”
Corruption, he said, is intertwined with city politics
“We have had machine politics since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871,” he said. “Machine politics breeds corruption inevitably.”
As for the state of Illinois, four of the state’s governors have gone to prison within the past four decades alone. Prison. That’s not just being driven from office, or charged with a crime, or even impeached. Four governors in the past forty years have actually donned handcuffs and orange jumpsuits.