In your standard dictionary, the word corruption is listed as such:
1) the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.
2) moral perversion; depravity.
3) perversion of integrity.
4) corrupt or dishonest proceedings.
Origin: Mid 13th century; Middle English corrupcio(u)n (< Anglo-French ) < Latin corruptiōn-, stem of corruptiō. See corrupt, -ion
However, in Illinois, especially the Chicago area, the definition of corruption might as well be:
1) business as usual.
Origin: late 19th century; popularized by Alphonse Capone (< Chicago Outfit) < Sicilian from Giacomo Colosimo, et. al. See Chicago Outfit, graft
The most common process governing the actions of many of our elected and appointed officials, as well as other agents possessing power over various jurisdictions, spanning over the last century or so, has been corruption. Personally, I believe that Al Capone had a huge impact on said process. Capone caused a surge in corruption as if it were on steroids.
I grew up in a family where corruption was part and parcel of everyday existence. My first real experience with corruption was when the Elmwood Park Police arrested me when I was 13-years old for disorderly conduct.
Frankie, my best friend at the time, had a quad runner, which was illegal to use in the city. However, Frankie’s father was comfortable allowing his son to use it, regardless of the complications it would bring. The police had caught Frankie riding his machine and impounded it. He was also brought to the police station and held until an adult picked him up.
All I could think at the time was that my friend was in trouble, so I drove my bike to the police station to see what I could do to help. Once I arrived, I immediately clashed with a police officer, which landed me in jail right next to my friend.
My mother had to pick me up from the police station. I was issued a court date. However, the real difficulty for me was that my father would have to be apprised of the situation.