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View Poll Results: What is the Most Corrupt U.S. City?
NYC, NY 2 1.75%
Chicago, IL 41 35.96%
Boston, MA 2 1.75%
Philadelphia, PA 5 4.39%
Detroit, MI 14 12.28%
Seattle, WA 0 0%
San Francisco, CA 2 1.75%
Washington, D.C. 10 8.77%
Las Vegas, NV 5 4.39%
Houston, TX 2 1.75%
New Orleans, LA 21 18.42%
Any other contenders, click this option. 10 8.77%
Voters: 114. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-20-2009, 10:14 AM
 
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I think it's a toss up between New Orleans and Chicago. New Orleans' police force is more corrupt. Chicago has the national perception that it's a city built on "blood money" There's some truth in that.

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Old 11-20-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Boston
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it has to be Providence. The whole town is run by the Mob. Look at Buddy Cianci. the whole city's renassiance is from corrupted practices. But atleast the town is better than ever. And now that Buddy is out of jail, if he runs again for mayor, he will most likely win.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Boy, it appears Chicago is the most corrupt at least in the minds of most posters. I never knew about the politics of Illinois until the governor, senator & mayor got in trouble. All the governors for the past few decades seem to go to prison
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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Chicago is the most corrupt because the citizens let it be.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:12 PM
 
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Chicago is the old standby for this award

New Orleans is terrible as well

Miami, as noted, should be on the list - the state of S.FL politics is amazing

Detroit has had some serious issues recently as well

Philadelphia definitely has some, but it manifests a little different - it's more like a strong arm city

One that hasn't been mentioned on this thread or poll, but without a doubt should, is the city of San Diego .... this really came to a head a few years back, but received little press
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:17 PM
 
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I'm glad to see that we're all on board with Chicago and New Orleans. Those were the first two that came to mind for me. I didn't realize that Miami had a bad rep.
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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Frank Russo and Jimmy Dimora implicated in new charges | Metro - cleveland.com - cleveland.com
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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it has to be Providence. The whole town is run by the Mob. Look at Buddy Cianci. the whole city's renassiance is from corrupted practices. But atleast the town is better than ever. And now that Buddy is out of jail, if he runs again for mayor, he will most likely win.
He may run, but will his toupee keep up with him?
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:25 PM
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Since you know Chicago so well, perhaps you could share with those of us who actually live here which highway was named after a governor who went to prison for the rest of his life? Please, do fill us in on something even we're not aware of.
I think he/she/it might be confusing Dan Ryan, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners in the 50's, (the namesake of the expressway) with George Ryan (the governor who found himself in jail, who has no expressway).
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Il
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He doesn't have a highway named after him, but Otto Kerner was only let out of jail because he had a terminal illness and died shortly thereafter, so he comes close.

Irregardless, I think worldwanderer is simply trying to point out that Chicago is the most corrupt or the worst at hiding it's corrupt nature.

The facts I listed earlier in this post speak for themselves. In terms of including state and federal officials in this list when it is about cities, it is hard to separate the two in Illinois. For instance, Blago was the Governor, but refused to stay in the Springfield mansion, choosing to stay in Chicago instead. It gets hazy.

However, you still have had 30 alderman convicted since 1970 and a smattering of judges. I don't really want to look up the stats of other cities, but I doubt many other places could compare in terms of shear numbers convicted.
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