In 1855, Chicago Mayor Levi Boone created national spotlight was Chicago politics with some dry proposals that led to the Lager Beer Riot by the wets. In 1860 the Republican national convention in Chicago nominated its home state candidate Abraham Lincoln. In 1880s and 90s Chicago had an underground radical tradition with large and highly organized socialist, anarchist and labor organizations. The Republicans have their own" blonde boss" who was in seated by the U.S. Senate because of his corrupt election methods.
In the 20th century, the political environment Chicago lit organized crime flourish so that Chicago policeman earn more money from payoffs than from the city. Before the 1930s the Democratic Party in Chicago was divided along ethnic lines, the Irish, Polish, Italian and each group-controlled politics in their neighborhoods. Since then the modern era politics has been dominated by machine politics in many ways. Richard J Daley after his election in 1955 the son of a former mayor has now served for 21 years as a mayor. In 2010 Daley announced he would not be seeking reelection. He has been succeeded by former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
The New Deal of the 1930s and the Great Society of the 60s gave the Democratic Party access to new funds and programs for housing, slum clearance, urban renewal, and education, which maintained control of the city. Machine politics persisted in Chicago after the decline of similar machines in other large American cities. During much of this time, the city administration found opposition from a liberal independent faction of the Democratic Party, which included African-Americans and Latinos.
A point of interest is the party leanings of the city. For much of the last century Chicago has been considered one of the largest Democratic strongholds in the United States. Citizens of Chicago have not elected a Republican mayor since 1927.
Police corruption came to light in 1960, were police officers kept stolen property or sold it and kept the cash. This was another black eye in the local political scene of Chicago. Eight officers from the Summerdale police district in Chicago's northwest side were accused of operating a large-scale burglary ring.
The mayor Daley, with help from Joseph P Kennedy senior helped elect John F. Kennedy to the office of president of the United States in the 1960 presidential election. Chicago politics have hosted very publicized campaigns and conventions over the years. In 1968 the Democratic National Convention was a scene of mass political rallies and discontent. This led to the famous trial of the Chicago Seven. These individuals were charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot and other charges related to protests.
Chicago has a long history of political corruption and has been a de facto monolithic entity of the Democratic Party since the mid-20th century onward. It is been recorded 45 public corruption convictions for 2013 and many media outlets declare Chicago the corruption capital of America.