Rahm’s paid “volunteers.”

Fred Klonsky

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Karen Lewis comes to Logan Square tomorrow. Training for her volunteers starts Saturday.

The problem for Rahm is that Chicago politics is not like it was in the old days.

When Dick Mell ran this ward, if you wanted a job with the city you had to “volunteer” to, among other things, collect signatures for Da Mayor.

Or buy tickets to fund raisers.

Or work election day.

It wasn’t direct pay. It was more than that. Your job depended on it.

After the Shakman decree in the 60s that kind of Democratic precinct stuff began to subside.

Although there is still plenty of it.

I remember a couple of years ago some Streets and San guys showing up at a candidate forum to root for the Machine aldermanic candidate. They were sitting in front of Anne and me and one turned to the other and said, “Which one are we…

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