Chicago’s ‘Welfare Queen’ led complicated life

Chicago’s ‘Welfare Queen’ led complicated life
Chicago’s ‘Welfare Queen’ led complicated life

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