ILLINOIS: Cadillacs in the Corn

An ordinary loose-leaf notebook was the best campaign material that plodding, weary Senator Scott Lucas had. In county after Republican county in downstate Illinois, Democrat Lucas drew figures from his book. "In 1932," Lucas told a courthouse crowd, "the total value of ten crops in Crawford County was $758,000. In 1949, these same crops were worth $5,776,400, a 761% increase." Cried Lucas: "Aren't you satisfied with these things?" Scott Lucas was running for reelection on prosperity.

Wherever he went, the signs of prosperity were plain to see. Through the fat, flat farm...

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