Jody, Pay Attention
An Oak Brook businessman who has extensive financial and personal ties to the former head of the Chicago mob has given more than $200,000 in contributions to Illinois politicians through personal and corporate donations -- with Gov. Blagojevich receiving the most money, $35,000, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
Among other top recipients of donations from the businessman, Nicholas Vangel, a longtime friend of mob boss James "Little Jimmy" Marcello, were former Gov. George Ryan, House Speaker Michael Madigan and state Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano, an analysis of the political contributions shows.
The entire State of Illinois is infiltrated by Organized Crime; Cook County courts are corrupted beyond redemption; city government is awash in Outfit stooges; a significant portion of the command staff of the Chicago Police Department is tied into questionable political donations, corrupt promotional practices and, yes, Organized Crime. You want a quick primer on what's facing you?
- Captive City by Ovid Demaris
- When Corruption Was King by Robert Cooley
- Boss by Mike Royko
There's dozens more books, countless federal probes and more than enough grand jury testimony we're sure you have access to. But until you immerse yourself in the history of it all, you have no idea how intertwined it all is. It's everywhere.