CHICAGO - Using pseudonyms to protect the guilty, former Illinois State Senator Roger Keats retells Chicago insider stories of which he had first- and second-hand knowledge in his new book, Chicago Confidential. Now retired in Texas' Hill County, Keats will be back in Chicago Wednesday, signing books and retelling hard-to-believe tales.
Chicago Confidential weaves together murder, sex and criminal intrigue from inside the tight circle of Chicago's ruling class of politicians, police insiders, gang members, union thugs and community activists.
Reading Chicago Confidential is like skimming transcripts of the 1960s' TV series "Dragnet," only R-rated and based in Chicago.
As in Chicago politics, the good guys rarely win and the bad guys rarely lose in Chicago Confidential's tales. Corruption reigns, deception abounds and things never are as they appear to be. "You can't make this stuff up," Keats writes.
In the book's epilogue, Keats reinterates his disappointing conclusion that Chicago and Illinois' corrupt political class may be unstoppable, and, he predicts, will eventually destroy the city and the state.
The heroes that are determined to fight the corrupt Chicago Machine must be resigned to making "small differences" that when combined others' efforts, could eventually change Illinois.
In Keats' sobering and chilling final paragraph, he opines that those that govern Chicago and Illinois are out of touch with reality and have gotten away with it for years.
"That is why Illinois is bankrupt beyond the ability to save it and Chicago is heading in that direction. Yet the leaders have become millionaires on the ride down," Keats says. "I am afraid it is totally entertaining but actually a sad final chapter on life in what was once a great city and what was once America's boom state."
Indeed, all empires come to a sudden end, he says.
And as his final seal of disgust, Keats and his wife Tina gave up, retired from a four decade long political career and moved to Texas.
Keats will be back in Chicago at the Heartland Institute (1 South Wacker Drive) from 11:30 to 1:30 Wednesday. Chicago Confidential is available through Amazon.