Funniest Thing I Heard Today: Chicago Politics
Speaking as a Chicagoan, the notion that people in Illinois actually enjoy political corruption is a vicious stereotype. Illinois is the heartland. It is the most American of states.
When I was a boy, growing up in Chicago, we had a roadside stand in front of my beloved alma mater, Al Capone Jr. High School, named for an esteemed local philanthropist. We sold lemonade, chocolate chip cookies, zoning permits and seats on the Chicago City Council.
In Illinois, we don't dismiss governors selling favors, or public officials getting tailored for prison jump suits, with a single, tired, overworked cliché like corruption. In our little village of Chicago, we call it something else: Tradition.