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Rezko's bent Horatio Alger story

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Though one former colleague recalls that Rezko had little interest in politics when he first made his way in business, that changed in time, and he developed a remarkable knack for spotting political talent early, including a young African American president of the Harvard Law Review. Was Rezko simply interested in advancing smart public servants (and perhaps basking in the excitement of being close to power)? Or did he have a more mercenary motive, as the charges against him suggest?

Now that Tony Rezko is the big local and national news, I highly recommend reading Chicago magazine's profile of Rezko--I like it because it's empathetic about Rezko's history as a person while remaining comprehensive and brutally honest about his history as a fixer.

Also a great piece from that issue: How the CIA Enlisted the Chicago Mob to Put a Hit on Castro  

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