In a previous post, I mentioned how Chicago city officials often put friends and family members on the payroll, despite their not being qualified for the job. And this morning, I found this Patronage thrives as County Board votes new taxes in my local online newspaper. No doubt this occurs on some level in many major cities. It seems to me though, that having such practices under federal criminal investigation is pretty telling. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” is alive and well in Chicago.