Prof. Ann Lousin Remembers Mary Lee Leahy

Dec. 13 – Chicago Sun-Times

“He said, ‘Mary Lee Leahy is so qualified for the City Council, it’s a shame to put her in with all those bums,’ ” recalled her lifelong friend, Ann M. Lousin, an attorney and professor at the John Marshall Law School.

“I remember her saying, ‘My views on patronage have evolved.’ This was over dinner one night. She said, ‘It’s logical to recommend and to hire people you know. But where it crosses the line is when the only reason you hire them is for what they’re going to do in the future to keep you in office in terms of working in your political campaign,” Lousin said.

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