Author Thomas Gradel says when he first thought about the project that would become the book Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality
, he envisioned it as an encyclopedia of corruption. But his collaborator Dick Simpson couldn’t picture that approach.
“Dick said he didn’t think we’d have time to do it in our lifetimes,’’ says Gradel, a media consultant and former staffer to then-Gov. Dan Walker, who previously worked on several political campaigns.