National Affairs: Treasure Hunt

When Chicago's ex-Mayor and Democratic Boss Ed Kelly died last fall at the age of 74, the citizenry could hardly wait to find out how much money he had piled up. Although Ed was born in poverty and had been a modestly paid public servant most of his life, Chicago was certain that he was a millionaire—perhaps two or three times over. Nobody had forgotten that Mayor "Big Bill" Thompson left $1,500,000 stuffed in his safe-deposit boxes, and it was hard to believe that onetime Sewer Engineer Kelly had not enjoyed similar opportunity.


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