I lived in Chicagoland for 4 years in the late 1970’s and found the midwesterners to be very open and friendly! Even then Cook County had a reputation for corruption thanks in part to the Outfit which was the most powerful Mafia family in the country! If that wasn’t bad enough my next door neighbor murdered 2 teenagers shortly after we left the area.
These days Chicago is once again the murder capital of the USA as it was during prohibition. That said I have been impressed with Lori Lightfoot’s effort to get the murder rate under control and the kids back to school there. Unfortunately one party rule makes it impossible to bring any real lasting change there.
And that is all I’m going to say about that.