The ultimate symbol of money in Illinois politics is a shoe box. Even though it has been decades since the death of Secretary of State Paul Powell in 1970, and the subsequent discovery of more than $800,000 in cash in his hotel room, the image of that tattered box endures.
Powell was the "gray fox of Vienna," three-time speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, a deal maker extraordinaire. As a public servant, he never made an annual salary of more than $30,000 from a career in elected office that lasted nearly 35 years. Those outside of Illinois politics may have been shocked to discover that Powell died with all that cash and an estate valued at more than $2.6 million.
... passing through, passing through.
You don't know of Paul Powell? He's why "shoebox" has an entirely different connotation in Illinois.
Totally uninformed about the history of the City of Chicago.