“While Chicago has the title of Second City, because of the NATO summit we’ve shown the world that we are a world-class, first-class city,” boasted Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, once the gathering of North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders was over in late May. The remark was prototypically Chicagoan: tinged with resentment of the doubters and sounding just a tad like someone trying to convince himself.
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Scott Turow is a novelist and lawyer. He is the author of Presumed Innocent and The Trial of the Gemini, due from Grand Central Publishing next year.