In fact, you should look at the whole of Illinois but concentrate on Cook County which contains Chicago. Edward McClellan at Ward Room sets the scene:
Illinois is the most Democrat-dominated state in the union, measured by the party’s control over state government and its votes for U.S. Senate and president.
The Democrats have controlled the governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature since January 2003. They stayed in power even after their two-time governor was impeached following one of the biggest corruption scandals in the state’s history. [...]
Why are Republicans so powerless in Illinois? As the saying goes, geography is destiny. It’s all about Cook County, which contains half of Illinois’ voters.
In other words, it is all about city versus suburbs and countryside. And now you can see why the Dems, in all their various guises as community organisers and such, have infiltrated the cities, in this case Chicago, and by means of State and City funds they have metastasized.
It's not that the Republicans haven't tried to break the Democrat grip. The last gubernatorial candidate carried 99 out of the 102 counties that make up Illinois - and still lost! All a Dem candidate for governor has to do is carry Cook County and he's home and dry.
So, you might ask, particularly if you are an American voter, how are things going up there in Illinois and 'Windy Democrat City'? Well, of course, as we all know the last State governor, 'Blago the Blagger', had a spot of bother and is currently serving 14 years inside:
On State Street, that great street, I just want to say
They do things that they don't do on Broadway
Yeees, you can sing that again! But really it is time that Chicago changed its name to Daleyville or something because the Daley family have had the place in their back pocket for two generations. Daley Snr. was Mayor from 1955 to 1975 and his son ran the joint from 1989 to 2011:
Bet your bottom dollar, you'll lose the blues in Chicago
Well, you will if your name is Daley! But today there is a new Democrat at the helm, the deeply unlovely Rahm Emanuel:
He used to hold Obama's hand in his early days as a 'community organiser' in Chicago and continued to do so at The White House until, in my opinion, Valerie Jarrett bit it! So he retired back to Chicago and as an ex-machine pol who had risen through the ranks of the Chicago political 'mob' he slipped effortlessly into the Mayor's office, there being, I assume, no Daleys available!
They have the time, the time of their life
Oh yes, in Democrat Chicago, where you have to go back to the late '20s to find a Republican mayor, they are certainly having "the time of their life", albeit, for many Chicagoans it is a short life and definitely not a merry one according to Bethany Mandel at Commentary:
The city of Chicago, the third largest in America, is crumbling into anarchy. The murder rate is so out of control that federal authorities have agreed to assist the Chicago Police Department in their efforts to curb soaring violence. The city has seen over a thirty-percent rise in its murder rate this year and in the last eight days of August, 82 people were killed or wounded by gun violence. With his city in a violent downward spiral, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been focusing on what’s important: banning Chik-fil-A from Chicago.
Perhaps we should leave the final word on what life is like in a Democrat-controlled conclave like Chicago to:
The Kebbeh family of Gambia came to America and settled in Chicago in search of a better life for their children. The Chicago Sun Times reports, “They are considering going back to Africa after [their son Muhammed] became the city’s 370th murder victim this year and second of his six siblings to be gunned down on the South Side in the last six months.” (My emphasis)
Says it all, really!