ILLINOIS: Sir Galahad & the Pols

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Illinois has a long tradition of corruption. A high state official once complacently defined good government as one in which 50¢ of the taxpayer's dollar went to the state and 50¢ into the politicians' pockets. And the tradition comes down to very recent times. Three years ago, when Dwight Green was governor, the boodling pols still waxed fat in the land. Nevertheless, in its 133 years, the state has had some really good governors. One was John Peter Altgeld, "the eagle forgotten." One was Henry Horner, a great Depression governor. And...

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