CHICAGO: Daley Regnant

In the last weeks of the campaign, Chicago's city workers scurried about removing dead trees, filling potholes and handing out shiny new garbage cans to voters. On primary election day, Democratic-machine lieutenants stood two and three abreast at street corners on the predominantly black West Side to steer people to the polls. Assistant precinct captains in the 31st Ward solicitously helped voters find parking places and brushed the snow from their windshields. Ward heelers elsewhere rounded up the elderly, the infirm and even the West Madison Street derelicts and took them to the voting booths. In these and other...

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