Chicago is a passionate city and nothing shows that more than the involvement of sports professionals in politics. Involvement has ranged from supporting a candidate or cause, running for office themselves or getting appointed as a judge or in other governmental positions of authority, these sports luminaries have made statement in the political realm.
The list ranges from athletes that have run for office, career politicians that have played a role in sports, the building of new stadiums or arenas or just professing their fandom. In Chicago, sports and politics are arguably the two most favorite pastimes and often mix. Go to almost any neighborhood bar and you will hear banter about numerous topics revolving around both.