Chicago Shakedown: The Ogden Gas Scandal

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The Ogden Gas Affair represented the biggest political scandal of Chicago's first sixty years. Mayor John P. Hopkins and Democratic Party boss Roger Sullivan conspired with ten other insiders to form a dummy corporation to blackmail Peoples Gas Company. The scam poured money into the coffers of beneficiaries who were never prosecuted, including the governor of Illinois, John P. Altgeld. As their lengthy swindle ran its course, Hopkins and Sullivan rubbed elbows with the most notorious grafters of the robber baron era, including Charles Yerkes and "Big Bill" Thompson. Author John Hogan follows the money in a scheme that became a template for the enrichment of the connected at the expense of the citizenry.
ISBN: 9781467139519
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Images: 37
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Chicago native John F. Hogan is a published historian and former broadcast journalist and on-air reporter (WGN-TV/Radio) who has written and produced newscasts and documentaries specializing in politics, government, the courts and the environment. As WGN-TV’s environmental editor, he became the first recipient of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Quality Award. His work also has been honored by the Associated Press. Hogan left broadcasting to become director of media relations and employee communications for Commonwealth Edison Company, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Hogan is the author of Edison’s one-hundred-year history, A Spirit Capable, as well as four other Chicago books with The History Press: Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards, Forgotten Fires of Chicago, The 1937 Chicago Steel Strike and The Great Chicago Beer Riot. He holds a BS in journalism/communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and presently works as a freelance writer and public relations consultant.
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