ILLINOIS: Trouble in Daleytown

In all his 20 years as boss of Chicago's Democratic machine, Mayor Richard Daley has seldom been so troubled. His most illustrious protégé, former Governor and now Federal Judge Otto Kerner, has been convicted of bribery, conspiracy, income tax evasion, mail fraud and perjury (TIME, March 5). Possibly even more damaging to the machine, one of Daley's oldest political associates, Edward Barrett, was recently convicted of bribery, mail fraud and tax evasion. Since 1955 Barrett had been Cook County clerk, an influential office that carries rich patronage powers. The clerk's office does everything from dispensing birth certificates to buying and...

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