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William Safire

10 things you might not know about clout

10 things you might not know about clout

Call it "sway" or "pull" or "juice" or "clout" — we're talking about power or influence, often of a political nature. Clout may have made one of its frequent Chicago appearances recently when Metra CEO Alex Clifford got a lucrative buyout deal that included a nondisclosure clause. Some believe it was "hush money" to hide various attempts by politicians to control contracts and jobs. Here are 10 influential facts: 1 Sidney Korshak, a Chicago native suspected of mob ties but never indicted, made his mark as a fixer for Hollywood moguls and Las Vegas hotels. When he entered negotiations, labor problems often disappeared. Film...