School closings? Beavers conviction? The results of our corrupt system

Mayor Rahm Emanuel presides over Chicago without checks and balances.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel presides over Chicago without checks and balances.

Fifty-four school closings! How did we ever get in this mess?

Er, ahem, shall we do some math?

Let’s start with recent headlines. First, “Chicago Proposes Closing 54 Schools” plus “Jury Convicts William Beavers of Tax Evasion.”

What does this equal?

At a quick glance, the two stories may not share much except their sensational nature. But the closings of 54 schools and the conviction of the Cook County politician are the results of a long, enmeshed system that gives the mayor unprecedented power and breeds corruption, both big and small.

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