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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM
By Edward McClelland

Book Excerpt: The Birth of the HDO

Book Excerpt: The Birth of the HDO

Ald. Edward "Fast Eddie" Vrdolyak used the desperation of laid-off steelworkers to build his own political machine -- which morphed into the HDO. An excerpt from Ward Room blogger Edward McClelland's new book. Read »

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