GANGSTER GOVERNMENT: Inside the Chicago Police Department’s secret budget: Every year, police take millions of dollars from ordinary Chicagoans and spend it behind closed doors. The single biggest reform here would be to require that all money seized go to the general fund, not remain under control of the people who seize it. I’d be prepared to argue, actually, that due process of law requires that the people seizing the money have no pecuniary interest in doing so.