Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Heard on the Radio

Marketplace this morning had a feature about a popular walking tour in Chicago: "Hot new attraction: Chicago's corruption walking tour." The tour, presented by a man named Paul Dailing, takes visitors to such historic sites as the Workingman's Exchange, a tavern that was, a century ago, the political headquarters of two aldermen known to trade beers for votes, and to locations associated with the politician known as "Al Capone's man in City Hall." The examples of political corruption included on the tour aren't confined to history. There was reference to "today's shenanigans": "local politicians who still draw their own electoral maps." Unbidden to my mind came the complaint heard recently here in Hudson that elected officials were not involved in drawing the proposed new boundaries to achieve voting districts of equal population and the suggestion that the Common Council might propose its own boundaries.

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