CITIES: Legend Meets Legend

Some of Chicago's 11,200 cops must be honest, but cynical Chicagoans are convinced that the blue-coated arm of the law leads directly to an outstretched hand. One public administration expert studied the Chicago cops' political "clout" and time-perfected "take" systems, reported with scholarly awe that only one procedure would clean up the department: fire all hands, start over. Mob murders go unsolved as in Capone's reign, and petty bribery of traffic cops is the accepted procedure (Comedian Mort Sahl describes Chicago's Outer Drive as "the last outpost of collective bargaining"). But last...

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