Friday, June 03, 2005

An interesting book

When Corruption was King; by Robert Cooley with Hillel Levin

You want to know how this City works? Read this book. Yeah, Cooley comes off as a bit of a whiner at the end, claiming the feds never gave him enough credit for what he accomplished, his always wanting to get one more corrupt judge, aldercreature or bookie, but it's the feds! They never give anyone credit for anything that even remotely works, just like they can't blame anyone else fast enough when their shit hits the fan. You think Cooley would have figured this out when he was a Chicago cop WAAAAAY before he became a crooked lawyer in the First Ward. Never NEVER trust the feebs. Even when you're working with them. All in all though, a very insightful look into the Cook County judicial scandals of the late 70's early 80's. Cooley names names of quite a few people still in power, still practicing law, still raking in taxpayer money. Evidently, the book went to press late enough (2004) that they were able to get in a little preview of the Hired Truck scandal still in the news today. Fun fun fun Chicago style.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this book when it first came out and heard Cooley on the radio. Come on, does anyone really believe he went to the feds because he saw all the evil in the court system?

He was a scumbag who owed big bucks to the Mob because of his gambling addiction. he took and paid off money in the court system but makes himself look like the vic.

6/19/2005 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous John Northen said...


Bob and I were roommates at Marquette University, Milwaukee before we were separately appointed to the CPD. Bob's late father was an outstanding and well-respected CPD detective, a great role model, a daily communicant and a damn good man. Bob went to the G to redeem himself for his wicked ways after a deathbed promise to his dad. The G had absolutely nothing on Bob Cooley.
It took a lot of guts and soul-searching on the part of Mr. Cooley. God bless him.

7/26/2005 07:58:00 PM  

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