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Chicago’s ‘Welfare Queen’ led complicated life

Ronald Reagan and his story about the “welfare queen”-who took government checks while rolling around Chicago in a fancy Cadillac-has become one of the most famous, and infamous, bits of campaigning in the modern era. But was it true? Was there really such a person? Slate executive editor Josh Levin has uncovered the epic true story of the woman whose life couldn’t have been made up by the greatest fiction writer. Photo:Flickr/gwp57

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