It took place on a quiet street in Oak Park. There were no TV cameras, no press aides. It was a somber ritual marking the transfer of power.
Sam Banks, the longtime political boss of the 36th Ward on the Northwest Side of Chicago, was laid to rest. He passed away after a long bout with cancer. The funeral was held at St. Giles Roman Catholic Church.
One of Sam's pallbearers was his former political apprentice, State Sen. James DeLeo, D-How You Doin'?
Sam was the guy for years. But there's a new guy now, reaching beyond the ward, from Rush Street to Rosemont and beyond:
Kass then goes on to relay the history of the Mafia (known as the Outfit in Chicago) and its ties to politicians including DeLeo. Both DeLeo and Banks are powerful pols in Chicago and in Illinois. I'm not sure that Banks death means that DeLeo is now the man. The man of what I would ask. I also am not sure that the man's death is the appropriate time to make such analyses.