Into the office of Chicago's Mayor Edward Joseph Kelly last week shuffled newshawks from the rabidly pro-Kelly Tribune, the rabidly anti-Kelly News. Their bosses wanted to know what the mayor intended to do about an astounding ordinance just passed by the City Council, 43 votes to four.
The curly-headed mayor grinned: "I'll sign it if I receive an opinion from the corporation counsel that it's legal."
At his side, youthful Corporation Counsel Barnet Hodes grinned back: "It is."
The ordinance in question authorized the city to issue licenses, at fees ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, to Chicago's horde of racing...