On the tap-shoe heels of Hot Rod Blagojevich (was that scandale really before we fully knew that we loved Obama?!?) and his incarceration-worthy gubernatorial cabaret, one wouldn't have thought Illinois would start deregulating their oversight on what Republicans deplore about Chicago politics.
One would be wrong. According to the New York Times earlier this week, it's only going to get easier to maintain the decades of Democratic leadership unique to the 'nuanced' political practices in the Windy Cit-ay. The old 'patronage' oversight has been lifted.
The so called Shakman decrees, that lashing out of the GOP at what they saw as the runaway union led embrace of Democrats that is ongoing to this day - despite Shakman's best efforts in 1969.
It's fitting for Rahm Emmanuel to be handed back the freedoms and original #UniteBlue spirit that were stolen away via that debacle. And to restore some dignity after Blago up there.
The judge said at a court hearing that the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken proper steps to prove that it has complied with a decades-old accord, known as the Shakman decrees, named after the lawyer, Michael Shakman, who successfully took a stand against the Chicago political machine in a lawsuit in 1969.
Rahm Emmanuel taking the reins from the Irish Machine, the dynastic brotherhood of political dedication that brought the best of Old and New world corruption and consensus knowledge together … that was a transition worth noting.
The Daley family sacrificed a great deal in the name of public service to benefit Democrats and the Unions that the City of Big Shoulders was raised up by - but the power that clan held in return needed hands as strong as those of an Emmanuel brother to carry it safely forward.
The Times unpacked the decision's import going forward.
Mr. Shakman, now 71, supported the lifting of the decree and said in an interview on Monday that he had not anticipated how long it would take.
“Patronage is a cultural problem, and cultural reform is difficult,” he said. “I think it reflects the progress that’s been made.”
Now this is where a mental picture of a happy as hell Rahm Emmanuel comes in handy. Oh, here you go.
The decision was gleefully welcomed by Mr. Emanuel, who is eager for Chicago to shed its image as a place where political favoritism rules. Mr. Emanuel testified on Monday, telling the judge that the end of the Shakman decrees would point “the way to Chicago’s future.”
This is a victory for the People. Clans, tribes, unions, organized communities … all those scary-to-Fux-Nation groups that aren't corporations.