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  Election tightens Michael Madigan's grip on Illinois politics
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Last EditedImperator  Nov 05, 2010 06:41am
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AuthorJohn Kass
MediaNewspaper - Chicago Tribune
News DateFriday, November 5, 2010 12:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSomewhere high up in the heavens, up on his favorite Cloud 5, the ghost of Richard J. Daley floated with the spirit of Ald. Paddy Bauler as they enjoyed a post-Election Day glass of fine Irish whiskey.

"Will you just look at the lad over dere down by dere?" Daley said, poking Bauler in the ribs as he spotted a Chicago politician on Earth, far, far below.

From that height, the politician was but a tiny speck, and the two of them could see a line of other tiny politicians eagerly stooping to kiss the little fellow's behind.

"Doncha remember him as a kid?" Daley said, eyes welling with emotion and pride. "Now look at the lad. They're all lining up to kiss that bony behind o' his."

And so Daley's smile beamed forth, like the flat rays of a thin November sun after a Democratic machine victory.

"Yer talking about cher son?" asked Bauler — famous in life for the immortal phrase about Chicago not being ready for reform. "Are ya pointing at young Richard? He don't have no bony behind. Who you lookin' at?"

"It's Mike Madigan," said the mayoral ghost, as the tiny politicians stooped and smooched. "Cancha hear da smoochin' all the way up over by here? It's like the music of the birds. He's the new boss."

Mike Madigan, speaker of the state House, is supreme boss of the state once called Illinois, but is now known to taxpayers as Madiganistan.
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