It's easy to attack Cook county for corruption but I wonder if the main difference is that in Chicago there's someone to investigate and uncover it. It's easier to keep things quiet in smaller towns when everyone is benefiting and the local press is cooperative.
Chicago/Cook County (same thing, right?) bashing is a popular sport with the provincial and radio talk-show crowd locally, but I wouldn’t be so eager to cast stones when you have no idea what’s really going on right here. Having lived in a number of communities in Illinois outside of northeast part of the state, some of them quite small, and I can assure you that there are nefarious things going on everywhere that just don’t get any attention.