The Nation: Daley on the Defensive

The most powerful political machine in the U.S. is run by Mayor Richard Daley in Chicago. Reformers have railed against it and disappeared; the machine endures. But now it is under a new kind of attack that may prove more damaging. For the first time since Daley moved into city hall almost 17 years ago, his rule has been challenged by a trusted lieutenant, and the case is being aired before a fascinated public. This unheard-of revolt could ultimately wreck Daley's machine, plunge the Illinois Democratic Party into disarray and throw a crucial state...

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