"All politics is local" Tip O'Neil
Sorry for the indignation, but it blows me away how little most of us know about our local politics. Just go to a couple CAPS meetings, visit the Alderman about something happening on your block or attend a zoning meeting.
You'll get the picture in a heart beat.
Gapers Block and the Cook County Clerk's Office remind us to do our civic duty. You want development in your hood? You want speed bumps on the street? You want the local business owners to secure their lots and parkways? Put pressure on the local politicians and back if up with participation.