In the midst of our current Chicago February 2018 snowpalypse (It started Super Bowl Sunday night, and there could be possibly a foot over several days), let's look back at The Politics of Snow in Chicago. There are two snow-removal eras in Chicago politics: Before the Blizzard of '79 and after. The plowing and salting of residential streets and minor arterial streets, miles and miles of Snow Route arterial streets from which your car can be towed if it's parked overnight whether it's snowing or not -- they can all be dated from that terrible winter of '78-'79 (and the two previous, slightly less severe winters), and the mayoral primary election at the end of that winter, which frightened city leaders into creating our present snow removal system.
Bilandic, the candidate representing a Chicago political machine that predated the Ice Age, was defeated in a landslide. Lesson learned. No city politician is going to allow himself or herself to be forced out of office because of snow ever again. They may not be able to do anything about how much snow falls, but by God, they're going to LOOK as if they're doing something about the snow that does fall, LOL.
It doesn't have to actually snow. They throw down road salt if a snow cloud so much as crosses the sky -- you could dip the rim of a moistened margarita glass in the street.
By the way, this video was shot entirely on a Blackberry KeyOne. Antiquated smartphone? Made by a dying company? To quote a great Chicago philosopher, Mike Royko, "Sez who"?