Marcus Gilmer on how Chicago politics in 2011 were 'deceptively awful'

December 21, 2011

For the last show of the 2011 season, The A.V. Club editor gives us his take on this year in Chicago politics. He makes it clear it's been a bit of a mixed bag:

From the outside looking in, if you were to go by the entertainment industry's view, nothing seemed different about Chicago politics in 2011. This fall, Starz debuted its newest contribution to pop culture's take on Chicago-style runnings with Boss, a drama starring Kelsey Grammer as the mayor of Chicago, whose status is described by the network like so:

"Mayor Tom Kane sits like a spider at the center of Chicago's web of power, a web built on a covenant with the people."

Melodramatic, yes. But also based on some reality. 

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