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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Thomas J. Gradel  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Gradel lives in the greater Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Thomas J. Gradel spent 35 years as a media consultant and served on the staff of Governor Dan Walker. He is a freelance writer, political researcher and the Owner/Managing Director of Gradel Communications.

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Titles At Your Library

Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality
ISBN: 0252078551

University of Illinois Press. 2015

Public funds spent on jets and horses. Shoeboxes stuffed with embezzled cash. Ghost payrolls and incarcerated ex-governors. Illinois' culture of "Where's mine?" and the public apathy it engenders has made our state and local politics a disgrace.

In Corrupt Illinois, veteran political observers Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson take aim at business-as-usual. Naming names, the authors lead readers through a gallery of rogues and rotten apples to illustrate how generations of chicanery have undermined faith in, and hope for, honest government. From there, they lay out how to implement institutional reforms that provide accountability and eradicate the favoritism, sweetheart deals, and conflicts of interest corroding our civic life.

Corrupt Illinois lays out a blueprint to transform our politics from a pay-to-play–driven marketplace into what it should be: an instrument of public good.

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