FROM: Citizen Advocacy Center
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Event co-sponsored by Citizen Advocacy Center and Elmhurst College
You are invited to hear Dick Simpson and Thomas Gradel, authors of the recently published discuss their findings and analysis.
The authors spent seven years researching and documenting political corruption in Chicago, Cook County, the Chicagoland suburbs, Springfield, and numerous other downstate cities and towns.
Thomas Gradel is a freelance writer and political researcher who worked for 35 years as a media consultant and served on the staff of Gov. Dan Walker.
Dick Simpson, a former Chicago alderman as well as a former congressional candidate, teaches political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 7 pm
Place: Founders Lounge, Frick Center
190 Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
No RSVP required.
Does Illinois deserve its reputation as one of the most politically corrupt states in America?
“Our conclusions are inescapable,” Simpson says. “Illinois is among the top three most corrupt states, and Chicago is undoubtedly the most corrupt city.”
Central to the authors’ analysis is the role that political machines have played in fostering a culture of corruption, no matter which party has been in charge. Gradel and Simpson assert that corruption thrives when political leaders wield monopoly power and face little or no public accountability.
Gradel and Simpson’s talk is well timed for voters participating in the consolidated election to take place in Illinois on April 7, 2015.
“We hope the book’s content and message will alert voters to look closely at the candidates,” Simpson says. “What’s their ethical track record? Are they part of a corrupt machine or political organization? Who gives them campaign money?”