I spy with my Illinois eye…
Drain the swamp started in Chicago.
Downstate here. We’re your neighbors and it’s time we had a talk.
First of all, the original swamp that had to be drained was the smelly stagnant water in the settlement around Fort Dearborn. You don’t know where Fort Dearborn is? Well it’s right where Michigan Avenue crosses the Chicago River. In other words, the center of Downtown Chicago.
Why Drain the Swamp?
Since the Chicago River flowed INTO Lake Michigan it was great to take away waste. You just dumped it in and away it went to the Lake. As a result, the Chicago River was an open cesspool that harbored all sorts of terrible diseases.
Yet there was one small problem with this living arrangement for a fast growing new city on America’s frontier. The drinking water for the Chicago was also from Lake Michigan. Oops!
Living along the Chicago river at that time was dangerous to your health.
As a result, in order for the City to grow the solution was to flush the poop to Downstate.
And it’s been literally happening ever since. This isn’t hyperbole or exaggeration. It’s just a fact.
That’s our relationship.
Think about that for a minute and let it sink in.