The Battle for Chicago

It is the old machine vs. the new mayor

Nobody expected an effectless transition, but nobody quite expected the farce now being played in Chicago. After only two weeks into Harold Washington's four-year term as Chicago's first black mayor, the city government was stalemated. When Washington, a Democrat elected despite opposition from his party's old guard, threatened to make good on his inaugural promise—"Business as usual will not be accepted by the people"—the city's Democratic political Establishment came together in a new, sometimes unseemly vigor, determined to outmaneuver and outbellow the antimachine mayor. To paraphrase the 1955 words of the late alderman...

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