It is just like my hard-core Democrat union member brother-in-law who lives in Chicago says. "What did you expect when you take the crooks out of Chicago and move them to Washington DC?"
They may not be the second largest organized crime syndicate. No one gets into politics in Chicago without the approval of the syndicate. Politicians become proxies, puppets and protectors of the syndicate.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin