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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chicago: Third most miserable city in the USA

According to Forbes,
Chicago rates at the third most miserable city in the USA (click here to read the full article).

Below are some highlights.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago, has been very busy in recent years. They convicted 385 public officials of crimes over the past decade, a per capita rate that puts it in the bottom third of big U.S. metros.

The Northern District office boasts of recent successful prosecutions, including "a corrupt former governor of Illinois, Chicago officials who rigged city hiring, individuals who lied about their support of foreign terrorism, corporate executives who cheated public shareholders and traditional organized-crime bosses who were responsible for notorious murders."

Illinois' record of public corruption, particularly in the governor's office, is staggering. Five of the past nine governors have been charged with crimes, and three, as of now, have served time in prison. Whether former Gov. Blagojevich will do any jail time is still to be determined”

1 comment:

Steve said...

"We ranked those metros on nine factors: commute times, corruption, pro sports teams, Superfund sites, taxes (both income and sales), unemployment, violent crime and weather."

These are rather odd criteria.

Anywhere you live, you control your own commute time. How about rating on how effective the public transportation is? Chicago would look pretty good there.

Superfund sites? Downgrading a huge metro area because there's a Superfund site on the edge of it is just a bit weird.

Corruption? Come on. It provides spice in a humdrum subject, but you could argue that Chicago never worked better than when it was run by the elder Daley, at the height of political corruption.

If they weighted these criteria equally, 50% of them are just silly, so I can't put much stock in their conclusions. It does make good reading though, which is the whole idea. Go Forbes!