ILLINOIS: The Innocents

No one in Chicago has ever had any trouble getting down a bet on the horses, finding a crap game, or getting a seat at a public poker session.

At rhythmic intervals, some Chicago newspaper or civic body "exposes" the flourishing evil of gambling. The Mayor is always "amazed," invariably "pledges action." The Police Commissioner is always "shocked," invariably calls his captains in on "the carpet."

Heavily publicized raids are then made on establishments that no gambling citizen has ever heard of. The real gambling houses close their doors for a few days or weeks. The Civic Leader is...

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