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     December 12, 2019      #91-346 KDJ
 

Scott Reeder: Patronage now largely a thing of the

By Scott Reeder

SPRINGFIELD — Last month, I renewed my new driver’s license and couldn’t help but shake my head and remember the worst job I’ve ever had: summer driver’s license clerk.

I was a 19-year-old college student who had been injured in a farm accident. My summer employment opportunities were limited. But I reached out to a family friend who held the exalted title of Knox County Republican chairman. He was the guy with the jobs.

If you wanted to work for the state, he’s the fellow you went to. Illinois had 102 people like him: county bosses who doled out the ...

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