Begat is an archaic verb, the predecessor of beget, which means to acquire, to bring into being, or to procreate. In Chicago’s northwest side 38th Ward, the begatting and begetting has ceased.
Alderman Tim Cullerton’s (38th) July 16 retirement announcement means that Chicago’s 144-year Cullerton Dynasty, dating back to 1871, is no more. He is, at least in the 38th Ward, the Last Cullerton. The seminal well is dry. There is no offspring or sibling to inherit the job.
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