Political pundit Paul Green speaks at Saint Xavier University
Lectures on history of governing Chicago from a moral perspective
Chicago (Oct. 5, 2007) – Political pundit and radio commentator Paul Green treated Chicago history buffs to a bracing account of the city’s governance from a moral perspective Wednesday night as part of Saint Xavier University’s 2007-08 Squeaky Weal lecture series.
Green painted a Chicago that began as a “collection of little villages” and grew through periods of “progression through aggression” into one of the most livable cities in the world. Tracing a system of strong “ward lords” and weak mayors, Green believed Chicago did not experience true political reform until 1955 with the election of former mayor Richard J. Daley.
Despite periods of corruption such as prohibition which turned “an anonymous group of thugs into politically influential, publicized millionaires that has been our legacy ever since,” Green said the power of the ward system gave many ethnic groups an unprecedented voice in government.
“Chicago politics still remains a mystery to the rest of the world…but beneath it rests a moralistic good that allows the majority of its citizens to make a better life for both them and their families.”
After the lecture, Green answered questions from the audience and signed copies of his latest book, co-authored with Mel Holli, titled World War II Chicago.
Green is director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff professor of policy studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is also political analyst for WGN Radio 720 (AM). His program “Paul and the Pauliticians” is heard every Wednesday starting at 7:11 a.m.
Saint Xavier’s Squeaky Weal lecture series explores the role of religion in civic life and the importance of being involved in civic and political issues. The series is sponsored by the Center for Religion and Public Discourse.
For more information about the lecture series, please contact Kathy Mareska at (773) 298-3981 or Mareska@sxu.edu, or visit www.sxu.edu.