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  •  [Fellow] Chicago lawyer, your first paragraph... (0+ / 0-)

    ... was fine. Compelling, actually. This is a city that works. And it has gotten better over several admnistrations, beginning - in my experience - with Richard J. Daley, an imperfect mayor, but one many competing interests could accept and - within bounds - trust. An LBJ type: let's talk and reason together and do it my way for everyone's betterment. He did not have alliances (except for a few key ones) in the black community and - to be sure - he should have had many more. But what we needed was a city that worked better and by and large, it got better ... With a long way to go.

    Chicago is also a Big City with classic urban problems. To name a few: ghettos, gun violence abounding, many schools of marginal educational functionality (how's that for a term of art?) that have to fulfil too many needs that are way beyond classic education. I'm male, white, old ... and once successful at my job so that I can live in a part of this great city where racism does not appear rampant, although I may not be a very good judge of that.

    BUT I do care how the city works. Whether the lowest bidders on city and county projects and services are the outfit(s). Whether a contract was influenced by an alderman, and How. Whether we can possibly get all those not-income tax rates and assessments closer to tolerable levels before we price out so many more residents that you and I will be lonely.

    I'm amazed to read an educated responsible guy saying - in effect - if he can't see the corruption and injustice - its OK. Forgive me, but that resembles the filters my (few) Republican friends have and, apparently, live by.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 12:54:44 PM PST

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