The Press: Chicago Scandal Mill

Chicago's newspapers last week were reveling in the juiciest of exposes. Broken originally by the Sun-Times and then bannered by its competitors as well, the scandal starred Alderman Thomas E. Keane, chairman of the city council's powerful finance committee and friend of Mayor Richard J. Daley. The story had all the ingredients of classic muckraking: secret land trusts, gigantic tax breaks and windfall profits from sales of choice public land. As the inquiries broadened, other city leaders were implicated. The series−five months in the making−was an example of investigative journalism at its most...

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