Ghosts in the Machine

A corruption scandal in Chicago raises the question about Mayor Richard Daley: Like father, like son?

It was a far cry from the typically cocksure Mayor Richard M. Daley, the savvy Chicago ambassador courting CEOs and world-class architects, or the hard-knuckle retail politician pressing the flesh in his family's blue-collar neighborhoods. A week after two of Daley's top officials were charged with mail fraud in a widening federal corruption probe, the Cook County Republican Party had gone so far as to offer a $10,000 reward to anyone who could provide information leading to the conviction of the mayor himself, and suddenly he seemed a bit like a wounded animal, ready to lash out or, alternatively, plead for...

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