"Hello, Congressman!" boomed a hanger-on as pudgy, pop-eyed Chicago Politico Roland V. Libonati strolled into his office.
"Oh, now, we gotta have the election first," said Libonati in mock protest.
His cronies guffawed, and Libonati broke into a broad grin at the joke. That was last August, and he well knew that when the Democratic ward bosses of Chicago's seamy, machine-run Seventh Congressional District tabbed him as their man, he was as good as elected.
Last week "Libby" Libonati, 56, criminal lawyer ("never got a death penalty, thank God!") and longtime state senator, ran unopposed in the Seventh District's Democratic primary, and...