"Chicago Code" Fakery


An alderman running Chicago? That's what we're supposed to believe when we're watching Fox's new cop show, "Chicago Code." That might sound plausible to Hollywood, but it makes it hard for us to watch. Especially when how Chicago really operates is a lot more entertaining. 

Chicago Code, which I assume is its take on the Chicago Way, should take its cameras inside City Haul (although I doubt Mayor Richard M. Daley would allow it), and portray a mayor who pretends that he doesn't know what's going on while he actually runs things; a mayor who runs amok and rips up a valued Chicago airport in the middle of the night; a mayor who insists on expanding an airport that the airlines don't want.

Wait, maybe Hollywood is right. No one would believe it. 

And this might be the most unbelievable part: The Chicago Police Department busting up official corruption in Chicago. Let's see, I've lived much of my 69 years in Chicago and I cannot remember a single time that the CPD has taken on City Hall corruption. Hell, not even the state's attorney or the Illinois attorney general do that. Everyone here knows that it takes the U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Illinois. If his name is Patrick Fitzgerald 

With all due respect to Chicago police officers--when you say they put their lives on the line for us, it's not a cliche. It's the real thing. But sweeping the crap out of City Hall is not one of their jobs. 


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  • Undoubtedly fiction, and presented as such.

    I doubt that the Ari on the HBO/WGN rerun show is the same Ari Emanuel, either.

    Now, there is a lawsuit claiming that Jimmy Carter's book was fraudulently advertised as nonfiction. I don't think the suit will go far, but you get what you get on the tube.

    Heck, not even the Illinois Atty. Gen.'s job is fighting corruption, if you believe her apologists.

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