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Thirty-five years ago, Harold Washington changed what Chicago’s mayor could be

We all know that Harold’s sudden death on November 25, 1987 deprived his family and friends of his abundant gifts and turned the city’s political world upside down. But in the three and half decades since I’ve often wondered: what if Harold Washington and his agenda and approach to governing Chicago had survived on that chilly morning?

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