This December 2008 article provides an overview of political corruption in Illinois, where "at least 79 elected officials have been convicted of wrongdoing since 1972." It traces the "culture of corruption dates back to the late 19th century, when a gambling-house owner ... created ... [Chicago's] first political machine." Also covers three former Illinois governors who had been imprisoned. Provides a links to a scholarly history of organized crime in Chicago. From MSNBC.