What brings real change?
Dick Simpson’s passion for democracy and justice earned him a place in line at a 1960 civil rights stand-in, a top spot in Eugene McCarthy’s presidential run, and four grueling campaigns for Chicago alderman and U.S. Congress.
With great candor, this progressive Chicago politician shares his struggles to bring about change for good. Striking the perfect balance between historical context, autobiography, and lessons learned, Simpson chronicles what worked, what didn’t, and why.
Dick Simpson was one of those reform aldermen and political opponents who got under Boss Richard J. Daley’s skin. – Studs Terkel
Dick Simpson is a former Chicago alderman, an expert on Chicago politics and elections, and long-time professor of political science. He is devoted to advancing the cause of participatory politics in Chicago, where he continues to oppose the power of the political machine.