Corrupt Illinois

Corrupt Illinois : Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality

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Public funds spent on jets and horses. Shoeboxes stuffed with embezzled cash. Ghost payrolls and incarcerated ex-governors. Illinois' culture of "Where's mine?" and the public apathy it engenders has made our state and local politics a disgrace. In Corrupt Illinois, veteran political observers Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson take aim at business-as-usual. Naming names, the authors lead readers through a gallery of rogues and rotten apples to illustrate how generations of chicanery have undermined faith in, and hope for, honest government. From there, they lay out how to implement institutional reforms that provide accountability and eradicate the favoritism, sweetheart deals, and conflicts of interest corroding our civic life. Corrupt Illinois lays out a blueprint to transform our politics from a pay-to-play-driven marketplace into what it should be: an instrument of public good.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252078551
  • 9780252078552
  • 757,804

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"Gradel and Simpson do not intend to simply chronicle political corruption but also to motivate a public demand for reform...The authors recognize that certain recent reforms have been implemented and that Illinois is less corrupt than in the past, they make the somber conclusion that the battle against the political machine requires diligent and sustained work over the coming years. Citizens interested in this work of reform will find the book an informative and very worthwhile read."--Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society "Political scholars Thomas Gradel and Dick Simpson have written a path breaking book from The University of Illinois Press on corruption in the state of Illinois. This book is the most comprehensive survey of corruption in the state of Illinois ever published. The lessons here are useful well beyond Illinois."--New Geography "Corrupt Illinois is the most comprehensive account of corruption in our state ever published. It proposes cures, which will take decades to implement fully, but which deserve our attention now." --Governor Jim Edgar, from the Forewordshow more

About Thomas J. Gradel

Thomas J. Gradel spent 35 years as a media consultant and served on the staff of Governor Dan Walker. He is a freelance writer and political researcher. Dick Simpson is a professor, former head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, former Chicago alderman and congressional candidate. His books include Rogues, Rebels, and Rubber Stamps: The Politics of the Chicago City Council from 1863 to the Present and Teaching Civic Engagement.show more

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