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By Jim Ridings

the tale of Chicago gangsters within the Twenties is known. much less referred to is the story of the politicians who allowed these gangsters to thrive. in the course of the heyday of geared up 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 extensive open city" for bootleggers. Small offered millions of pardons and paroles to criminals, embezzled $1 million, and used to be then acquitted after mobsters bribed the jury. This ebook is the tale of these Jazz Age politicians whose careers in executive 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 used to be praised via critics and located Ridings as a trailblazer between Chicago crime authors.

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