About those shoeboxes

Thanks to Mark Arnold and many, many other readers who wrote to correct my description of the politician who left shoeboxes full of cash behind after his death. Contrary to my description of the politician as a Chicago alderman, our readers reminded me, it was in fact the late Illinois Secretary of State Paul Powell. Mr. Powell left behind shoeboxes filled with $800,000 in the hotel room that was his home when he died. The subtitle of the linked biography of Powell is “A Lifelong Democrat.”


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