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Proviso Probe

Saturday, November 12, 2005

POL, "I knew I had money coming"

Democratic Committeeman and Recorder of Deeds Eugene "Gene" Moore addressed the audience at Emanuel Christopher Welch's campaign kick-off.

He told a story about playing high school football for Proviso when Democratic Committeeman Babe Serpico was coach. Moore said, "I knew I had money coming for a touchdown."

This line seemed revealing because it tells what Moore wants from politics. He wants it to be based on interpersonal relationships that go way back. Moore is probably a reactionary too. He wants to take politics back to--or keep them there--the 1940s and 50s. He wants Proviso Township to be that community of his youth.

As I pointed out on Arnie Bryant's radio show, the political history of West Side Blacks and Proviso Blacks is different in a crucial way.

West Side Blacks asserted themselves and took power from the German and Irish ward bosses. West Side Blacks made alliances with reformers and Republicans to take power for themselves from a corrupt machine system.

Proviso Blacks surely struggled against the corrupt machine politics, but the Blacks that achieved power did so by joining the corrupt machine that was dominated by the Italians. Moore is the trailblazer for Proviso Black pols that sought to get some of the action by allying with the existing power brokers.


  • You hit it on the head. According to the papers, District 209 insurance goes up. Moore gets the big payback. But the Italians still run it. Moore and Welch are just their flunkies. So the joke is really on Moore and Welch.
    Carl you broke it down real good, but the Blacks of Proviso will havel to see for themselves.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:36 PM, November 13, 2005  

  • Gene even admits to his present day bed fellows just follow Ron Anderson he'll be saying the same thing if we allow him

    Be sure to study all the comments for the true messages

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:39 PM, November 14, 2005  

  • All aforementioned comments belong to Truth Serum

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:00 PM, November 14, 2005  

  • Chrisssy for State Rep. Catch the Rainbow Proviso! Carl you are a hater!

    By Anonymous DownLowBrotha, at 1:50 AM, November 16, 2005  

  • Truth Serum posted an article with a money quote from Gene Moore.

    Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the area's former State Rep. Eugene Moore said stereotypes about crooked politicians can be easily erased if the public personally knows their elected officials.

    "I think a lot of people know that in a barrel full of good apples, there is occasionally going to be a bad one," Moore said.

    This is from Liz Roche's article on Taddeo's conviction.

    Being charming relieves one of his/her obligations to be, y'know, ethical.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 6:32 PM, November 16, 2005  

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