How did the city of Chicago become known for corruption, and why has it struggled to change its ways? On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Dick Simpson, University of Illinois-Chicago political science professor and former Chicago alderman, about the past and present of Chicago machine politics, as well as how to change its future.
How does Rahm Emanuel's machine differ from Richard Daley's? How have Chicago mayors skated past corruption charges while governors, aldermen and state legislators go to jail? And what would an active Republican Party in Chicago providing real competition do for the city's ethics?
Proft and Simpson discuss all this and more, in a detailed discussion on the history of Chicago politics and the reforms the city needs.