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LoCoco, Nick: Born 1940. Died 2004. An Outfit bookie and City Hall regular and former City Transportation agency employee, LoCoco died in November of 2004 under the highly suspicious cause of falling off a horse and fracturing his skull. Just before he died he was to be tired for his role in the convoluted Hired Truck scam in 2001. LoCoco was a known acquaintance of Angelo LaPietra, a mob Capo deeply involved in the mobs juice-loan operations. In 1987, LoCoco was shot by  Thomas Hunyady, 39, a city electrical mechanic. Hunyady walked up to LoCoco was he sat in a car and at Addison Street near the Kennedy Expressway, and said, "I have something for you, Nick." And fired a shot from a .25 caliber pistol, and LoCoco. The bullet only grazed LoCoco’s head. Police suspected that Hunyady shot LoCoco because he couldn’t afford the interest on a gambling juice loan he owed by LoCoco.

LeGato, Anthony: Born 1931. Resided at 3103 South 52nd street.   Legato came on to the scene on May 15, 1964 when he was arrested for stealing a 7 and a half tons of nickel and cadmium from a mineral factory, loading it into a dump truck and fleeing. The cops later caught LeGato and recovered the truck but his reputation in gangland was established.  Arrested with him was Peanuts Panczko. He was arrested again in April of 1966 for his role in a syndicate planned and executed one million dollar silver bunion heist. The job was headed up by Potatoes Daddano and Rocco Infelise. On August 12, 1971, LeGato was arrested by federal agents after he walked onto a Chicago bound airline jet in Florida with one million in heroin.(Five pounds)  Airport authorities received a call telling them that the flight would be blown up by a man carrying a large orange package, which LeGato was carrying when he entered the plane.       

Lewis, Frank AKA Dago Frank’ Lewis was an occasional business partner with Jake Guzik’s brother, Harry in several Levee brothels. In 1923, Lewis, now a self described real estate agent, was arrested for the hit and run murder John Wilde, a night watchman at a construction site. The charges were dropped for lack of evidence.  He remained active in the Outfit until at least 1926. 

Lisciandrella, Frank: Born 1919. Resided at 1313 Huron. One of three brothers in the mob (The other two were San and Joe) A long time all around hoodlum who started with the Capone mob as a truck driver. In 1936, he was arrested for car tampering and was sentenced to six months in prison. He was convicted of armed robbery in 1942 and was questioned over the years for his role in various shake down operations.  In 1952 he was believed to be one of the owners of the Melody Casino at 1260 North Clark Street, essentially a strip joint. The other supposed owners, according to police, were Dominick Brancato, Dominick De Bello and Dominick Nuccio. On June 29, 1952, a traveling salesman was drugged and rolled in the club, causing the city to try to revoke the bars license. A year later, on June 20, 1953, Lisciandrella, an ex-convict was accused of raping a woman he picked up in bar.  Although it was predicted that Lisciandrella would go far in the mob, he never did.  He lasted in the Outfit until the 1960s.

Lombardi, Vito: Born 1930 Resided at 3721 Sarah Street, Franklin Park. A jewel thief and mob affiliate.  In 1962 Lombardi was one of three men arrested with Martin Accardo in a stolen coin ring. On November 21, 1963 he and Marshal Caifano were accused of defrauding the Insurance Company of North America out of $48,000 in false claims. Police said that Caifano and Lombardi reported that two spoils of wire they owned was stolen in a burglary when it actually wasn’t. The gangsters had purchased the stolen wire for $782 and insured it for $48K. The case was thrown out of court when the ruling judge decided that the jury had been biased by newspaper stories calling Caifano and Lombardi members of organized crime. In 1968, Lombardi and Charles (AKA Carl) Verive were arrested after they stormed into Pinocchio’s Lounge 7129 West Belmont Ave and beat and tortured the owner with lit cigarettes until he agreed to sign over a portion of the bar to them. In 1973 Lombardi was sentenced to ten years in prison for swindling the Chicago Title and Trust company out of $2.5 million.  

Last Super: Is the name of a rare photograph of mob elders Tony Accardo, Aiuppa, Dominic Di Bella, Vincent Solano, Al Pilotto, Jackie Cerone, Joe Lombardo, James Torello, Joseph DiVarco and Joseph Amato sitting around a table in the summer of 
1976 in the Sicily Restaurant, 2743 N. Harlem Avenue in Chicago. It was dubbed the last supper because so many of the wiseguys in the photo were dying. In fact, most would be dead within five years after the photo was taken. The meeting as held at the Sicily was held at noon, to insure privacy since the restaurant that did not normally open to the dining public until 4 p.m. According to the IRS the meeting was held to honor Dom Di Bella, ruler of the old Hudson Avenue police district on the Near North Side, who was stepping down because of failing health and to inform Amato, and other mob bosses, that Amato was retiring as north suburban gambling boss--whether he liked it or not--and Torello, was taking over the territory.

Labriola Paul AKA Needle Nose: Born 1917 Resided at 591 North Ridgeway. Married to Jeanne, nee Pauline Mary O’Connell born 1927.  He was the step son of  Lawrence “Dago” Mangano who was murdered in 1944 and nephew of Ernie Rossi, another hood who was murdered by the mob in 1934. Labriola’s father (See Labriola, Paul A.)  was murdered in a political war in 1921. Labriola started in the Outfit under Frank Nitti in the late 1930s. His first arrest came in 1933 when he was sent to prison for 3 years for robbery. In 1937 he was picked up and released on several murder charges.  According to the Warren Commission it was Labriola who introduced Jack Ruby to Paul Jones, a Chicago gambler who, in the 1940s, tried to bribe his way into Texas politics to open a gambling empire there.  In 1953, the Chicago police recorded Labriola talking to gangster Jimmy Weinberg in Weinberg’s North Clark Street office, (Weinberg, married to Eula Weinberg, lived at 5033 Winthrop Ave. Weinberg had a record for robbery and served two prison terms in the 1940s) discussing the potential murder of mob lawyer Abraham Teitelbaum, who was president of the thriving Chicago Restaurant Association and take control of it. Weinberg was heard telling Labriola: "We'll have to kill Teitelbaum, but we don't want a big uproar in the papers. We'll push him out of his office window. He's in income-tax trouble, and everybody will think it was suicide." Unknown to them, on the floor above, cop Joe Morris was listening. He raced over to Teitelbaum’s office and told him everything and assigned a 24-hour guard to watch him. A few months later, in 1954, both Labriola and Weinberg were found drugged and strangled in the trunk of an abandoned car. They were poisoned, strangled and shot. Although planning to kill Teitelbaum (Who had been Al Capone’s lawyer) without permission was a sin in the Outfit, they were more than likely killed because the police had spread the rumor that they were collecting their information from the two hoods. Frank Laino, Sam Mesi and Gerald Covelli AKA Jerry Brown, were questioned in the murders.

Labriola Paul A.: A bailiff in the municipal court and power in the 19th ward behind John “Johnny Pow” Powers in 1920-1921, was ambushed and killed by assassins on Congress and Halstead on March 9, 1921. Harry Raymond, (AKA Raimondi)  a friend of Labriola’s was also gunned down. The killers probably worked for mobster Tony D’Andrea, Powers political enemy. Two days later police arrested Sam Amatima and Frank Gambino for the murders but were later released. On May 12 1921, D’Andrea was shot in front of his home at 902 South Ashland Street. Although he was hit by eleven to thirteen pellet slugs from a shot gun at short range, he lived for two days before dying. Police suspect at the hands of gangster Diamond Joe Esposito. Paul Labriola, the cousin of the slain Paul Labriola, was arrested on suspicion of shooting D’Andrea, but released. Felix Labriola was also a suspect.

Leland, Varain AKA Two Gun Alterie KA A Diamond Jack, AKA Jack Alterie.
Born August 2, 1886 Died July 18 1935. Hailing from Colorado, by way of California, Alterie made his way to Chicago’s Northside and went to work for Dion O’Bannion fixing union elections through violence and bribery. Alterie’s union rackets grossed $50,000 a month, an incredible sum in 1926, although the bulk of the cash went to O’Bannion. Although he was the suspect in at least twenty shooting in Chicago alone, he was a ridiculous figure, dressed in a high hat Stetson, leather boots and occasionally carrying two pistols in a side holster. But O’Bannion, who was equally mentally unbalanced, like Alterie and often went west with him to Alterie’s massive ranch in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. (Where a machine gun nest guarded the front gate)  After O'Bannion was killed Alterie publicly challenged the killers to a gunfight on State Street at high noon, actually calling newspapers to make the threat was printed. That was enough for everyone, the cops and even the remaining O’Bannions warned Alterie to clear out of Chicago. Moving to his ranch in Colorado, Alterie was involved in another shooting incident in 1933 and was forced to move back to Chicago in 1933. He entered the labor rackets again and was called in to testify against Ralph Capone in his tax evasion case in June of 1935.  A months later, on July 18, 1935, Outfit killers, tired of Alterie’s dabbling in the unions, shot him dead as he walked to his front door.   

 Lormar Distributing Company: A company owned by Chuckie English (Tony Accardo and Sam Giancana were thought to have started the firm with their own cash) the company was a record sales and jukebox sales distribution firm that undersold competitors by selling bootleg copies of top recordings.  On the hit record, You Can Make it if you Try; Lormar was thought to have sold 86,000 bogus copies to stores in three months. The pirating was flawless and even the color and coding from the recording companies label was perfect.  In addition to buying records from Lormar, operators were forced to pay $3.60 per jukebox per year in protection money. The messages to Midwest operators was simple, buy from Lormar or die, and most did. A rival wholesale record firm in one year lost $800,000, or 90% of its trade. The mob then decided to create its own singing sensation and introduced crooner Tommy Leonetti as their favorite and demanded that distributors fill their juke boxes with his records. When one Chicago distributors named Ted Sipiora refused, saying: "It isn't good enough to get on the boxes." On of the hoods showed him a bullet and said "These things can be dangerous. They penetrate flesh." Soon afterward, said Sipiora, he began getting calls for the Leonetti record from operators who had heard the same sales pitch. When Sipiora told his story to the McClellan crime committee, NBC dropped Leonetti from its dance show American Bandstand. However, he was picked up by the Arthur Godfrey show, which wrongly assumed they were getting a trio called Tommy, Lee and Eddie.

LaMantia Joseph. Born 1934. AKA Shorty. A loanshark and one time top aide to Angelo LaPietra. In 1982 was arrested with Fred Barbara, and LaMantia's adopted son, Aldo Piscitelli Jr. in a loansharking scam. His first arrest came in 1958 when he robbed Edmund A. Juzwik in his office at gunpoint of $466.00. LaMantia was arrested again in 1959, when Juzwik was shot in the chest. (A total of ten shots were fired into his car, only one hit him)  Juzwik was a major partner in the Harlem Irving shopping center in which the IRS believed the mob had poured millions of dollar in cash.

LaMantia, Rocco: Born 1958. The son of Joe LaMantia. In 1981 he was, remarkably, acquitted in the 1979 shooting death of his girlfriend at his father house.(2812 South Shields Ave)  Police originally charged LaMantia with placing a shotgun to the face of
Martha DiCaro who was 20 years old. According to the girls mother, she had gone to the LaMantia house to break off the relationship and that LaMantia had threatened to kill her before. 

LaPorte Frank. Born 1900 Died. November 2, 1972. Resided at 1728 Halstead Street Chicago Heights and later at 1730 Cambridge Road in Flossmore.  AKA Frankie. LaPorte ran the South Suburbs for Sam Giancana. He was also a major stockholder in the Coronet Insurance Company, a mob front company. His brother in law, Frankie Franze, ran LaPorte’s juke box rackets from a firm called The Cooperative Music Company on 1728 Halstead Street. LaPorte retired from the rackets in 1967 and died five years later of a heart attack.  Albert Tocco took over LaPorte’s 45 year old suburban gambling business.

LaBarbera, Joe  Born 1910. AKA Joe the barber. In the 1940s he was a powerhouse on the Northside and held considerable political power in the town hall district.  His record included three arrest for suspicion of murder. He was noted for his handy work with a knife.

Leis Frank, AKA Dago. One of the Big Eight brothel owners in the Levee arrested for pandering underage girls for vice on august 13 1912

Lorenz , Al: A mob gambler and casino boss active in the 1960s.

Lombardo, Rocko: Joey Lombardo’s brother.

Lucky: After Sam Giancana was killed, investigators combing through his home discovered old racing tickets which showed that the mob boss won 70% of the bets he placed at the track. The tickets were probably doctored to give Giancana proof of income.  He also two sets of solid gold rosary beads and a photo of him standing next to Pope Pius XII (The gangster was granted a private audience) Investigators also learned that Giancana enjoyed the TV show Kojak, that he secretly recorded most visitors to his home and employed a New York based clipping service to clip and save stories about him from the newspapers.  

La Pietra, Angelo. AKA The Hood. Born 1920 Died 1999. A native of Cicero, Illinois, he was a feared and vicious loanshark, his criminal record, which started in 1939, included arrests for murder, kidnapping and narcotics. As a young man, he earned his reputation as a cracker jack car thieve and top notch burglar. He eventually became Joey Aiuppa’s top enforcer and right hand man in Cicero. His territory was Chicago First Ward where he completely controlled loansharking in the 1970s through the 1980s. 
 In 1977, LaPietra built a ridiculous fortress like home on Princeton Avenue and 30th Street, near Comiskey Park. Instead of keeping him safe from the outside world, it brought the outside world to him. Tourists drive by the “gangster house” to gawk at it enormous walls and spotlight. The house didn’t do much to protect him from the law however, and six months after it was completed he was named as a prime mover and shaker in organized crime.  On January 21, 1986, he, Aiuppa and Cerone, pled guilty of conspiring to conceal ownership in a syndicate controlled Las Vegas casino and sentenced on March 27 to 16 years imprisonment and fined $143,409. He was paroled but died shortly after his release in 1999.

Lapietra, Vic: A south side capo active in the late 1950s through the 1970s. The FBI had his house bugged for almost two decades.

Lolordo Pasqualino Died Jan. 8, 1929. Leader of the powerful branch of the Chicago Unione Siciliana during the Prohibition. Lolrdo took over after the untimely death of
Antonio Lombardo who was, essentially, a Capone puppet. Lolordo, who dreamed of expanding the club, was killed on January 8, 1929 to make way for gangsters Frankie Yale’s choice to run the group, Joe Aiello.
   On the day he was killed, Lolordo and his wife Aleina were returning from a shopping trip downtown Chicago.  When they arrived at their apartment home they were met by two men who were waiting for them on the stoop. The Lolordo’s' ushered them into their massive third-floor suite and Aleina left the men alone and started to prepare a meal for lunch. After lunch, the men left but five minutes later there was a knock on the door. Lolrdo opened it and let in three men who sat in the living and talked. At approximately 4:00 p.m. she heard the men push back their chair as they stood up. While delivering one more toast, two of the men pulled out .38 caliber guns and without any warning shot Lolordo eleven times in the face, neck and chest. When his wife rushed to the room, the three men were gone, her husband was dead and the pistol used to kill him was lying on the floor. 
    When police arrived they discovered three half-filled wineglasses on a table; the fourth glass was smashed in Lolordo's hand. Unable to reach Lolordo’s brother, Joseph, they reached the conclusion that he had been one of the three men in the room when Lolordo was shot and killed. Within an hour of the murder, the Chicago police raided three pool halls on West Grand Avenue that were hangouts for Joey Aiello’s crews. Aleina was taken to the police station where she viewed the 18 men who were brought in, but, true to Mafia form, couldn’t identify any of them. Joseph Guinta, who had begun a Sicilian revolt within the Capone organization, bravely took over the Unione presidency. But he wouldn't survive to see the summer.

Libonati, Roland: United States Congressman from Chicago and long considered, by the FBI and the US Justice Department, to be owned and operated by the Chicago mob. In 1944 Paul Ricca’s best man at his wedding was US Congressman Roland V Libonati.
    In 1961, Libonati joined Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa’s lawyers to launch a US Senate and House investigation of Bobby Kennedy and tried again later stop the FBI’s surveillance on Giancana. By 1962 Libonati grown so assured of a win that he didn’t even know his opponents name “Why should I ?” he said into a hidden FBI microphone “The last time you guys built me up to 98,000 votes and the other guy, what was his name there, he got 23,000” 
   In Washington he served on the Judiciary Committee which oversaw the organized crime bills submitted by Attorney General Kennedy “I killed six of (Kennedy’s) bills that wiretap bill, the intimidating informers bill.....”
   Robert Kennedy eventually told Chicago Mayor Richard Daly that if Libonati returned to Congress “I will personally see to it that he goes to jail” That same month Giancana told Libonati that he would be retiring “due to your poor health, I don’t care what you say about it, your retired” and replaced him with Frank Annunzio a former first ward Committee man and a business partner with two members of the Chicago mob in an insurance business. The FBI informed Kennedy that “Annunzio will follow the dictate of the mob” Annunzio had been part of Governor Adlai Stevenson’s cabinet. As a Congressman, one of Annunzio’s last acts was to introduce a bill which would have made it a federal offense for Federal agents to keep known mafia and syndicate members under surveillance.
   When Annunzio was eventually defeated, the mob gave the top spot in the ward to John D’Arco, (Born March 7, 1912) who up to that point, had been the personnel secretary to Ward Committeeman Anthony Pistilli   
   When the first ward was merged with the 20th ward the outfit didn’t bother much with free and open elections. It simply called together 120 precinct captains and introduced John D’Arco, who wore flashy suits, a pinky ring (A gift from Sam Giancana) and smoked expensive cigars,  as the new First Ward alderman even though Alderman John Budinger had already been chosen for the position by the others. When D’Arco was introduced, Alderman Budinger said nothing and accepted the demotion.  D’Arco, who grew up in the patch, (He sold tomatoes from a cart as a boy)  Chicago’s once sprawling Italian ghetto, (Where he was indicted once, for a 1931 stick up of a grocery store)  made it no secret that he was a friend of Giancana’s and explained to the government that “the FBI can’t embarrass me in this town. I grew up with these people they were my friend so why should I ignore them now?”
  By 1959, Murray Humphreys had groomed John D’Arco, then an alderman and democratic ward committeemen of the first ward which took in the loop and part of the area once known as the Levee. The FBI was fascinated by Humphreys and D’Arco’s friendship and soon learned that it went back to the 1930s and that Humphreys dominated D’Arco. Agents also learned that Humphrey was upset because D’Arco had convinced the mob to support Richard Daly over Martin Kennelly, which Humphreys in turn convinced the Mob to do. When Daly was Mayor he refused to cooperate with the Mafia, closing city hall to their influence. What made things worse was that Daly intended to reactivate the Scotland Yard Unit, which was set up to harass organized crime. In the early 1950s, Humphreys had managed, through D’Arco, to have the unit disbanded and ruined the careers of the two cops that were doing the mob the most damage, Sgt. William J. Duffy and Capt. Joe Morris.
Daly not only brought the unit back to life he named Morris the deputy director of the newly formed Bureau of Inspector services which housed organized crime. In turn, Morris promised to name Duffy in charge of intelligence service. D’Arco died in 1994.

Laflure, Leonard: Born 1940. A burglar and nephew of Rocco Potenza 

Loan Sharking: In Chicago in 1956 “loan sharking” according to Charles Siragusa “was only for disreputable thugs, petty pickpockets and those at the very bottom of the underworld ladder would even stoop to becoming shylocks” That changed somewhat after World War Two when Mad Sam Destefano organized the racket. Accardo held regular gin rummy games at his mansion home. Among the regulars was Mad Sam DeStefano who had organized the cities loan sharks under his leadership. Colosimo, Torrio, Capone and Ricca had stayed away from organizing the loan sharking business, which they deplored as a “Jewish business”, but DeStefano had earned so much money from the enterprise for himself and Accardo that he was a favorite star in the outfit despite his eccentricities. Once DeStefano made shy locking respectable in the eyes of the mob a few west side bookies turned to sharking for quicker cash return

Liberal Loan Co: A high interest rate loan corporation catering to Chicago’s African American population in the 1950s. The company was owned by Charles Fischetti and Meyer Gordon a jewel fence sentenced in 1946 to 20 years in the penitentiary.

Lie Detectors: Willie Daddano, AKA Willie Potatoes, was another long time hoodlum who rose to prominence under his child hood friend Sam Giancana. Daddano was noted in gangland for his fierce temper, paranoid suspicions and jealousy over his wife. In September of 1964, six men working for Daddano robbed a savings and loan in Franklin Park of $43,000.00. Several days later, thanks to an informant, the men, including Daddano were rounded up by the FBI. Once they were released, Daddano forced everyone on the team to take a lie detector test. One man named Guy Mendola failed. He was shot through the head as he left his home in August of 1964. In October 1964 prosecutors were able to convict Daddano along with Richard Cain and three others. Daddano was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He died of a heart attack in prison in 1975. Prior to his conviction Daddano had been a possible candidate to lead the Chicago outfit after Sam Teets Battaglia died, but Tony Accardo nixed the idea, having little faith in Daddano’s leadership abilities.

Lingle Killing: Jake Lingle came from a moderately successful Irish working class family in the valley, an Irish slum near the Loop. He managed to graduate from the Calhoun elementary school, otherwise he was ill prepared to work as for the Chicago Tribune newspaper at $65 a week, a respectable salary for a working reporter in 1933. Lingle was a "Legman"-- the street person who gathered the news and called it in to the city editor's room, where the stories were written by professional news writers. Yet on his modest income Lingle had a chauffeured limo that whisked him across town, he spent $1000 a day on the horse races and wore a diamond studded belt given to him by Al Capone.[1]
   What gave his wealth was the fact that Lingle was a liaison between the Capone organization and police commissioner William P. Russel.    Russel and Lingle had known each other since their childhood days in the Valley. Later, after Lingle was dead and the facts of their relationship came to light, Russell resigned his position.
    Through Lingle's connection with the commissioner and the higher ups in the police department, Lingle was able to pass on information to the Capone's and others willing to pay, as to what speakeasies were going to be raided, what brothels were marked to be shut down and so forth. Lingle also spied on Bugs Moran and his North Siders for Capone.
   Friend of the commission or not, it still didn't explain the way Lingle lived his life or the money he spent. None of that made sense until it was learned that Lingle owed Capone $100,000 in bad gambling debts and he tried to pay it off by extortion against both Moran and Capone by using his influence to barter gambling and limited liqueur licenses, essential to both hoodlums' operations.
 "I fix the price of beer in this town," Lingle said, and he may have been right in a fool's sort of way.
    One of the hundreds of rumors going around the city at that time was that Lingle had been given $50,000 to keep a racetrack open and had kept the money and as a result the track was closed.     Another story involved the Sheridan Club, owned and operated by Weiss and Moran, and which had been closed for eighteen months after the St. Valentine's Day murders. Moran tried to muster help to reopen the track with no luck until Julian "Potatoes" Kaufman approached Jake Lingle and asked him to use his contacts to get the Moran’s track reopened. Lingle said he would help for 50% of the profits, Moran refused and the club remained closed. Moran turned to Boss John McLaughlin for advice. McLaughlin, a criminal mastermind and freelancer who occasionally worked with the Touhy organization on burglaries, hated Lingle and had once threatened to kill the newsman when he refused to intercede in obtaining police and Capone's permission to open a gambling house. It was McLaughlin's advice that Moran go to the State's Attorneys office with the information he had on Lingle but Moran decided against it.
    After Lingle was murdered, it was assumed that Capone ordered Lingle killed because the reporter was blackmailing Capone and several of his under bosses so he could pay off his gambling debts. Supposedly Lingle had gone to Capone and promised that for a set price he would see to it that no more of Capone's speakeasies were shut down. The Capone’s refused and Lingle threatened to have one of Capone's speakeasies shut down every day until Lingle got his price.
     On the day they killed Lingle, his killers, dressed as Roman Catholic priests followed Lingle across town.
As Lingle entered a subway tunnel, one of the two killers ran up from behind Lingle and fired a round off into the reporter's head just as Lingle walked into an underground pass at Randolf and Michigan, his face buried in the daily racing form. It was at rush hour and a dozen citizens were in or near the tunnel when Lingle was gunned down.
   The Lingle murder investigation dogged Chicago's gangland for the summer and fall.
The police demanded that Capone turn over the men who had killed Lingle but Capone refused saying instead that he would have his execution squad take out the killer, which would bring an end to the matter. Eventually Leo Brothers was arrested in connection with the crime.
His trial began March 16, 1931, and ended on April 2, 1931, when he was convicted of murder and sentenced to eight years.
  On April 2, 1931, Brothers was sentenced to 14 years. He was paroled eight years later; the sentence was light because the jury believed he was taking the fall for someone else.

Local 777 Chicago Cab Driver Union: A large and powerful cab union that could, conceivably, closed down Chicago should it go on strike. For decades the union was run by Mafia member Joey Glimco, who was sarcastically called “Little Ceaser” by younger hoodlums. In 1963, Attorney General Bobby Kennedy caused Glimco to be indicted for accepting payoffs from companies doing business with the local.  
  When called before the McClellan Committee on organized crime, Glimco took the Fifth Amendment rights 152 times. When called to Washington DC  to appear before the committee he was ordered to bring local 777’s books with him, which he did, but insisted that he had a sworn obligation to keep the books in his sight at all times. To Glimco's surprise Robert Kennedy agreed telling the hood "As you realize we'll want to keep these records overnight I have arranged a bed for you to sleep on and the men’s rooms is halfway down the corridor there is also a cafeteria in the building so that you will be able to eat breakfast here as well"
  When Kennedy returned an hour later Glimco was gone.
  During the hearings Kennedy called in several dozen Chicago Fulton street market operators who had complained that they were forced to pay tribute to Glimco under fear of death.  Under oath, all of them admitted paying Glimco but said they gave him money because they just liked him as a person. When a case against Glimco was brought to trial, Glimco took $124,000.00 from the taxi cab teamster union fund to pay his legal expenses.
  Sensing that the end was near for Glimco, in 1962, Sam Giancana, who never liked Glimco, moved in on his unions and slowly took them over. Afterwards he reduced Glimco’s rank in the organization.

Local 450 of the Culinary Workers and Coin Machine Operators: Taken over by gangster Claude Maddox, who had been with in the mob since 1925. On August 13 1945, Maddox moved his man George McLean into the union as “organizer” and appointed up and coming hoodlum Joey Aiuppa as its Secretary. Aiuppa would go on to control the union until the 1970s. 

Lockstep: A term used by the FBI when it began following Sam Giancana around Chicago and anywhere else he went. Two agents followed the gangsters every step walking only a few feet behind him. Agent would even stand next to Giancana at urinals and trade insults with him about the size of each others penis.  The lockstep grew so severe that Giancana and Special FBI Agent Bill Roemer had a run in at O’Hara airport. “I’ve had enough of that guy” Giancana said afterwards “I’m putting up a fund of $100,000 to anybody who can figure out a way to get rid of that guy” Word of the threat got back to Accardo who told Giancana to call of the contract “kill him and we got the entire Justice department on us. Call it off and call it off now” Giancana eventually broke and filed for a federal order to stop the agent’s lockstep, which was granted.

Lombardo Antonio AKA The Scourge Born 1892 Died September 7, 1928. Lombardo arrived in the United States from Sicily in or about 1900 and made a small fortune as a dry goods grocer in Chicago. Made into the Mafia, he was also close to Al Capone and probably acted as one of Capone’s many criminal advisors. With Capone’s help, he placed into the presidency of the all powerful Unione Siciliana in November 1925. Lombardo, power hungry and ambitious tried to change the organization and widen its power in the growing Italian American community in the United States by opening it’s membership to non-Sicilian Italian immigrants. His stabs at reform, however, were resented from within the community. Worse, Capone and New York gangster Frankie Yale, who had once supported Lombardo, were quickly coming to war. In 1928, Yale ran Joey Aiello for the Presidency of the Unione Siciliana. Lombardo was murdered as he cross the streets at the intersections of Madison and Dearborn on September 7, 1928.



[1]  A fairly common gift from Capone

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