Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral campaign message was subtle yet unmistakable: Vote for me and you won’t get another Richard M. Daley, who in 22 years bought labor peace, helping to drain cash reserves and create crushing union- pension liabilities.
For two years, Joe Ricketts has been building a political operation seeking to curb government spending that could have reached a crescendo in August with an unexpected, multimillion dollar attack on President Barack Obama.
With the exception of Obama, there are no bigger Midwest political names than Daley and Madigan. Their Democratic dynasties have dominated Chicago and Illinois government for much of the past half century.
Toni Preckwinkle runs the second- largest U.S. county, a storied sewer of corruption whose embrace of the dark side began more than 140 years ago when commissioners accepted bribes for a contract to paint the seat of local government in Chicago -- with whitewash.