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Paul Green was one of a kind and will be missed

Sep 22, 2016

Paul Green’s inside view of Chicago politics gave him a unique perspective on the battle between “regulars” and reformers.


The first time I heard the Latin term sui generis the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington was telling the City Hall reporters who covered him in the 1980’s that it described him perfectly, and daring us to define it.

We couldn’t, so he told us: “Unique,” or “one of a kind.”

Okay, but I thought of interesting, outgoing, quirky people like that as “characters.”

Either way, Washington qualified, as did many others I’ve known over the years.

But few cleared the bar with more…

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