And the one-man anti-corruption movement rolls on. I am standing by my big-picture feeling that federal prosecutions are a more effective tool for changing Chicago's political culture than a.) journalism, b.) better government think-tanking, c.) democratic reform (i.e. convincing people to vote the bums out).
But maybe that is just because right now prosecution appears to be the only effective tool. It's seeming pretty effective lately, though!
P.S. ... I'm open to arguments that these prosecutions won't have a deterrent effect on future crooked Chicago pols. But I certainly think they will. If you were an alderman, at this point wouldn't you pretty much assume your phone was being tapped?
Keep Patrick Fitzgerald working
Keep Patrick Fitzgerald working Pt. II