February 26, 2003
All Politics is...

So all politics is local. But what if your locality has duelling forces?

Admittedly, there's been no love lost between Kelly (the ward committeeman) and Schulter (the alderman, just re-elected) since Schulter ran for Kelly's job a couple years back. But the confusing domain names.... Oy Vey.

note: corrected text, thanks to the sharp-eyed Mike Whybark

Posted by esinclai at February 26, 2003 04:40 PM |

what are those links again?

Posted by: mike on February 26, 2003 07:22 PM

that's better.

There's a great book about Chi-town polotocs, sort of the equivalent of Gangs of New York about Chicago. It's about First Ward bosses Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna and "Bathhouse" John Coughlin and the other guy, the man who built the El.

Sadly, the name escapes me at the moment. It's nearly 50 years old and written by a newspapermen with a colorful vocabulary who really ADORES these flamboyant characters, without papering over the incredible violence athat underly first ward politics of the day.

this MIGHT be it:


Lords of the Levee by Lloyd Wendt

I see a biblio cite for possibly the same book called "Bosses in Lusty Chicago" with the same author and cutline, elsewhere on the net.

Yup, that's it. Buy it.


"Wendt, Lloyd, and Herman Kogan. Bosses in Lusty Chicago: The Story of Bathhouse John and Hinky Dink. First published as Lords of the Levee, Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1967"

Does the "Fighting 47th" rely on shotguns and such these days?

Posted by: mike on February 27, 2003 12:14 AM

The best part of the recent election was that the incumbent's opponent's name was John "Jack" Lydon. I thought "I am an anarchist/I am the Antichrist" would look great on a campaign sign, but unfortunately this didn't happen.

And he didn't win, anyway.

Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

Posted by: Anne on February 27, 2003 08:57 AM
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