Corruption is our thing

The most interesting thing to me is how Chicago wears the corruption and history of corruption as a sort of badge of honor,” Cumming said. “Most cities dodge it, and keep it quiet. But it seems there’s a different set of rules for Chicago. It’s not being glossed over but very out in the open. And I like that.

How about you guys? Do you like that Chicagoans seem to flaunt the corruption here like some sort of tourist attraction? Or is this something we should be ashamed of?


  1. Stephen L. Harlow May 27, 2011

    This is like Selma, Alabama being proud of white supremacy. Chicago should be proud only when they eliminate corruption.

  2. Anna Tarkov May 27, 2011

    My theory is that people here see it as Chicago’s defining quality. New York and L.A. are distinctive for fashion, business, Hollywood, etc. This is what Chicago is known for and people embrace it. So as perverse as it is, it gives locals a sense of being special in some way. Also, Midwesterners in general are very practical and not high on ideals. So the motto is kind of “whatever works” and for generations people have accepted that if their trash is picked up and their snow is shoveled and their sidewalks are fixed, then whatever it takes to make that happen is ok with them. Hopefully it’s an attitude that’s slowly changing though.

  3. Stephen L. Harlow May 27, 2011

    The world needs examples of how to recover from corruption infested political systems. We have enough hapless cynics wallowing in them.

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