John Kass writes on the Chicago Outfit
March 11, 2009
If you're interested in understanding the real Chicago -- and there can be no serious understanding of this completely political city without examining the Chicago Outfit -- then you'll soon have a great new book on your shelves:
February 6, 2009
You could tell from Pat Spilotro's back how angry he was. It was shaking.
February 5, 2009
One of my loyal readers, Chicago mob boss James Marcello—captured on grainy federal recordings eating salty corn chips while discussing my column—will be sentenced in the "Family Secrets" case on Thursday.
January 29, 2009
With the national media finally interested in Illinois corruption, it's too bad they were focused on Springfield's dancing monkey show and not on what happened in a federal courtroom in Chicago on Wednesday.
September 12, 2007
Federal prosecutor Mitchell Mars was telling the jury about a litany of 18 Outfit murders -- solved by federal investigators, not locals -- and he put several corpses at the feet of convicted mobster Frank Calabrese Sr.
August 29, 2007
The last thing you'd expect at the Outfit trial would be a big green shamrock next to Jimmy Marcello's name.
September 28, 2007
Is the Chicago Outfit dead, now that the historic Family Secrets trial has ended?
September 30, 2007
The letter that spilled the Outfit's Family Secrets arrived at the Chicago offices of the FBI in November 1998.
August 31, 2007
As the Family Secrets trial was put into the hands of the jury, City Hall offered up poetic symmetry in choosing a book for all Chicagoans to read as part of its One-Book-One-Chicago program:
February 3, 2009
Even Outfit hit men have feelings.
February 3, 2009
As Outfit killer Nick Calabrese was testifying Wednesday about murders, about the killings of gangsters Tony and Michael Spilotro, about Tony asking to say a prayer before dying and about holy pictures burning in Nick's cupped hands during an Outfit "making" ceremony, someone else was burning, too.
June 22, 2007
How do 18 Chicago Outfit murders remain unsolved for decades?
December 18, 2005
The union boss slipped into a booth in a restaurant on Jackson Boulevard. He was wearing a federal wire, trembling, as the waitress brought over some ice water.
April 26, 2005
How could the Chicago Outfit prosper and survive without the help of corrupt local police, politicians and judges?
November 5, 2003
If you care about movies, you've probably noticed that Illinois politicians from the mayor to the governor have been eagerly promoting Chicago as a setting for Hollywood movies.
August 6, 2003
Discovering a human tooth in Bridgeport is like finding a seashell at the seashore: Find a seashell, and chances are that you're at the beach.
July 30, 2003
When the FBI began carefully digging on the edge of the parking lot at White Sox park on Tuesday, they were looking for:
June 6, 2003
With her nice black suit and pearls at her throat, Andrea Coutretsis Prokos, political girlfriend and alleged perjurer, was properly dressed for federal court.
February 21, 2003
Until recently, the bosses of the Chicago Outfit felt relatively safe, with their connections in politics and local law enforcement.
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