By Jim Ridings
The tale of Chicago gangsters within the Twenties is famous. much less pointed out is the story of the politicians who allowed these gangsters to thrive. in the course of the heyday of equipped crime within the Prohibition period, Chicago mayor "Big invoice" Thompson and Gov. Len Small have been the 2 strongest political figures in Illinois. Thompson campaigned on making Chicago "a large open city" for bootleggers. Small bought hundreds of thousands of pardons and paroles to criminals, embezzled $1 million, and was once then acquitted after mobsters bribed the jury. This booklet is the tale of these Jazz Age politicians whose careers in govt thrived on and counseled corruption and racketeering, from Chicago to Springfield. It enhances writer Jim Ridings's groundbreaking biography, Len Small: Governors and Gangsters, which was once praised through critics and positioned Ridings as a trailblazer between Chicago crime authors.
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