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Episode 790

1927 Chicago mayoral election
Thu, 2019-Jul-04 01:29 UTC
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The featured article for Thursday, 4 July 2019 is 1927 Chicago mayoral election.

The 1927 Chicago mayoral election was held on April 5. Democratic incumbent William Emmett Dever was defeated by Republican candidate William Hale Thompson, who had served as mayor from 1915 to 1923. Former health commissioner John Dill Robertson, who had been allied with Thompson in the past, broke with Thompson to run on his own and secured more than five percent of the vote. It remains as of 2019 the last Chicago mayoral election won by a Republican or any non-Democrat.

Dever enforced Prohibition despite his personal opposition to it, leading to increased bootlegging and violence in the city and lowering the city's approval of him. Thompson and Robertson took advantage of this and entered the race. Thompson promised to end the enforcement of Prohibition and accused the United Kingdom of trying to retake control of the United States, while Robertson promised to quash the rising crime in the city. Thompson bitterly attacked his opponents during his campaign and it was public knowledge that he was supported and funded by Al Capone. Dever's supporters attempted to push back against Thompson's rhetoric and assert that Dever had the sensible policies and the "decency" appropriate for the city. Thompson's victory damaged Chicago's reputation nationally.

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