John Comisky

"Honest John" Comisky was the father of the late owner of the White Sox.

In 1868 he chaired the first public investigative committee, blaming rampant corruption on the civilian Chicago Police commission. He turned the committee into a spectacle by inviting Carrie Watson, an infamous madam, to testify.1

In response to this inquiry, the State created the police board in 1869.2

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