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Corruption On The Waterfront In 1980s Chicago

When R.J. Nelson became the director of harbors and marine services for the Chicago Park District in 1987, he inherited a job where the last four directors had gone to federal prison. 

It was a world mired in corruption, and Nelson was there to fix it. There was only one problem: he had absolutely no business being there. 

At that point, Nelson was a former college chaplain with no experience as a harbor boss, but he made the job his own, and he tells the tale in his new book Dirty Waters: Confessions Of Chicago’s Last Harbor Boss

Morning Shift talks to Nelson about his experiences and his book. 

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