The Nation: Turning Point in Chicago

It was the most dramatic week in Chicago since the 1968 Democratic Convention. More than that, it also may have been a turning point in political history: the beginning of the end of May or Richard Daley's fiefdom, the last great political machine in America.

A jury in U.S. district court convicted Alderman Thomas Keane, 69, the machine's second most powerful mem ber, on 17 counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy in secret land deals.

Next day another federal jury convicted Alderman Paul Wigoda, 52, a machine member and Keane's law partner, on charges of evading income taxes in 1969...

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