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Chicago and A History of A Corrupt Metropolis

Updated on June 2, 2017


Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S. It is probably also the third most corrupt. It trails behind New York and Los Angeles and leads ahead of Las Vegas, Boston, and Miami. Organized political corruption and crime, or what the city used to call The Outfit, has run the city since its inception.

Organized political corruption and crime, or what the city used to call The Outfit, has run the city since its inception. It was a city of neighborhoods, and each one of those neighborhoods was run by a ward boss and precinct captain.

Al Capone and the South Side gang may have tried to over run the city in the 1920s, but it was not untile Anton Cermak put a all powerful political machine together a decade later.

In time the machine grew. By the 1950s to the 1970s it was headed by the Daley family, from what was the cities blue collar South Side.

In 1960 when JFK was running for president of the U.S. the Kennedy cland called in a favor from their Chicago Irish American counterparts, the Daleys. The Daley counted deceased residents in the cities cemetaries as Democratic voters to put the Kennedy family over the top in Illonis.

The Kennedys also reverted to the Windy cities underworld for indorsements. The Outfit was ran by Paul Ricca and Tony Accardo. They shared power over the cities criminal elemement, which is very rare in the world of organized crime.

They appointed Sam "Momo" Giancana as their street boss. The position of street boss would run the day to day operations of the Outfit, but every move or hit Momo made had to be sanctioned by Ricca and Accardo.

The question many in the U.S. underworld asked was why would MidWestern Italian American gangsters endorse a New England Irish American political dynasty?

The answer is JFK's brother RFK was prosecuting the Outfit intensley at the time. The patriarch of the family, Joseph Kennedy, promised the Outfit that his family would drop the charges if the gangsters helped his son win the election.

Despite the distrust between the Outfit and Kennedy, a former bootlegger during Prohibition, the Outfit came out and helped fix the 1960 U.S. presidential election. During the election local Chicago gangsters were listening to the election results on the radio, and watching them on the television eagerly.

When JFK won the Outfit had hit the height of their power in 1960. The Daleys and the Outfit were two opposite ends of the same spectrum called Chicago. The spectrum was in all its glory in the early 1960s. Chicago was a mob playland, and the rest of the U.S. knew it.

The Kennedy clan did not repay theire debt to the windy city guys. Some believed that the hierachy of the Chicago underworld ordered the hit on President Kennedy. Others think that that is a exageration of Accardo, Ricca, and Giancana's power. Although, their is not anything that is impossible in the second city.

After Ricca's death in 72, and Giancana's execution in 74, Accardo was left alone on the top of the criminal ladder in the city of big shoulders. It would be a very brief time alone on the top, because he would retire a few years later.

The Outfit would sell their shares in the Vegas casinos to buisnessman Howard Hughes in 67 and 69 respectivley.

Today Vegas the legalized gambling and entertainment capital of America. The blighted parts of Chicago are also seeing 800 shootings a years. It has seen 50 shootings in a single weekend in recent years as well.

The city is ran by a very bent mayor and council local government. It is ran by the Cook County Democratic Political Machine, as well. The political machine is the strongest, and most ruthless in the U.S.

The political party has strived when all of the other local political machines have long sinced died off. They also prohibited Chicago from joining the Rust Belt, just as Detroit, Baltimore, and Buffalo, in the 1970s and 80s.


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