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Here in Chicago, we like to view ourselves as the kings and queens of political corruption, like we invented the beast.

But even a hometown booster like myself has to give props to the folks in New Jersey and New York. I mean nothing, absolutely nothing, conceived in Chicago—not Hired Truck, Tomczak [PDF], the Duffs, Sorich, Blago, you name it—comes remotely close to the scandal those folks cooked up.