ILLINOIS: Thompson v. Howlett

In part, it is the old story of the fighting prosecutor who takes on corrupt big-city dragons. James ("Big Jim") Thompson managed to slap numerous unsavory politicians of both major parties, cops, sheriffs deputies and state legislators behind bars. Thus the U.S. Attorney for northern Illinois acquired a reputation as imposing as his 6 ft. 6 in., 200-lb. physique. Now the Republican candidate for Governor, Thompson, 40, leads Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's hand-picked candidate, Michael Hewlett, by such a margin that some Democrats fear their entire ticket may be doomed. Thompson's...