Just a brief note before the weekend.
Here are two links for what Chicago politics is all about.
It's all about the corrupt politician ensuring that his friends, whoever they may be, profit from him being in office. The quid pro quo isn't necessarily money (in the long run, it always is, though), but much more political power to make people.
Make in the sense of making them money so that they become part of the system. Make in the sense that they cross the threshold between political lobbying and corruption without thinking about it. Make in the sense that too many become part of the system, corrupting it in such a way that you have to burn the city down before it can be addressed.
Well, actually, that's how corruption in place like Chicago and San Francisco got started, by being able to allocate rebuilding monies. But that's another story for another day.
Welcome to Chicago-style politics wrote big. This is going to be one long legislative period: Congress will get involved, and we should all know what that means.
More pigs at the trough.
Welcome to Chicago, folks, where you can't do business without being sent, where who made you is more important than who you are or what you do, and if you're not made, then you're ... nobody.