1. They make funny faces: Just watch when Mayor Daley blows his top. His cheeks turn fire engine red while he shakes his fist and turns those iconic bushy eyebrows into little devil horns. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's giant frown, seen most recently during his impeachment and removal from office, is a rib tickler as well.
2. They've got great nicknames: There's former Ald. Edward “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak, Ald, Eugene “Mean Gene” Schulter, Cook County President Todd “Toddler” Stroger, county commissioner, Jerry “The Ice Man” Butler, State Rep. Rickey “Hollywood” Hendon and, last but not least, Cook County commissioner Bill “Hog with the Big Nuts” Beavers.
3. They “vacation” together: When given a choice, elected officials (and their cronies) facing time in the federal hoosegow usually pick the same “country club” prison camp in Oxford, Wis. Former Gov. George Ryan is still there. Other notable past visitors include: former U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, former Chicago aldermen Larry Bloom, Virgil Jones and Ambrosio Medrano, Cook County commissioner Martin Tuchow and former Calumet City Mayor Jerry Genova.
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