“Where I come from, if you wore a wire, someone’s gonna kick your ass.”

With that infamous line, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea has stumbled into Chicago lore.

Much like the quote, “Chicago ain’t ready for reform,” he has articulated the City Council’s true feelings. When asked about the latest scandal involving alleged extortion, O’Shea’s instinct was to go after the man wearing the wire, not the man alleged to have betrayed the public trust. The alderman has become the poster child for the code of silence at City Hall.

That remark hardly instills confidence for a man overseeing $8.7 billion in O’Hare Airport renovations. It does, however, make a compelling argument for term limits.

Steve Majka