Dear Member of the
International Olympic Committee:
We've told you about the rampant corruption in Chicago politics. It's so widely known that a group of city workers as formed a band and recorded a song called "Chicago Clout Blues."
They uploaded the video to YouTube where you can watch it.
They've become an overnight sensation and they've been covered by the Chicago Tribune:
Clout Meisters sing the 'Chicago Clout' blues City workers write, perform anti-Daley ditty
August 22, 2009
After fighting City Hall for more than a decade, city worker Patrick McDonough has the blues -- the "Chicago Clout" blues.
McDonough, a self-professed whistle-blower in the city's Hired Truck scandal, and Chicago Park District music instructor Emery Joe Yost are the creators of a catchy little ditty about their beef with Chicago politics.
"Either you accept what they give you or you keep fighting to try and
change what they're doing," said McDonough, a city plumber and
investigator and longtime critic of Mayor Richard Daley. "I've been banging away for a very long time, and I think I've gotten very good at it."
Earlier this year, McDonough decided he needed a tune for his blog,
ChicagoClout.com, where he documents his complaints and opinions about
the city. So he approached Yost, a 30-year friend, for his help in
creating something "sad, dramatic, beaten-down," McDonough said. Yost,
who wrote the music and collaborated with McDonough on the lyrics,
nailed it, McDonough said.
The song is performed by Yost, John Bernardi, Eric McCabe and Phillip
Garifuna -- known as the Clout Meisters. (McCabe is employed by Chicago Public Schools; Bernardi and Garifuna do not work for the city.) And their work has become a local sensation.
"It's insane," said Yost, who added that decades of watching overtime
and promotions go only to the politically connected have pushed him to
speak -- or, rather, sing -- out. "When we wrote this song, we didn't
write it for one specific scenario," he said. "We wrote it for all the