City of the slumped shoulders

Chicago hits a rough patch [Aaron Renn, City Journal] “Cook County is viewed negatively from a litigiousness standpoint,” a statement touched with the quaint understatement for which the insurance business is known [PC 360 on AON, NATO] And here’s a video on how small businesses can face the “Chicagoland shakedown” [via John Cochrane]


  • This isn’t so much about over regulation as it is about corruption. Now, maybe the regulations are there to facilitate corruption but it still boils down to a corrupt system rather than an over regulated one. Hitting the owners with a fine the day after the city tears up the sidewalk they were permitted to use has nothing to do with regulation.

    T. Hunt

  • “Judicial hellhole” is the better term.