Illinois Issues: Campaign Shenanigans In The State Have Been Known To Turn Deadly

By Thomas J. Gradel - Posted at NPR Illinois Public Radio:

The country seems especially divided over the 2016 race for president. But there was a time in Illinois history when division led to bloodshed over political campaigns.

Essay — Exercising your right to vote on Election Day and campaigning for your preferred candidates are usually safe, low-risk endeavors. But in the first half of the 20th Century it wasn’t always peaceful. Politicians were threatened, bombs were thrown and gunshots fired. In Chicago and in other rough towns, some candidates and their supporters fought with their fists, and then with guns and bombs. In some elections, even before the votes were tallied, the political combatants were counted among the wounded and the dead.


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