John Kass writes on the Chicago Outfit

March 11, 2009

John Kass: Author saw it all when book thrown at mob

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

John Kass: Victims' brother pours out years of pain, rage

You could tell from Pat Spilotro's back how angry he was. It was shaking.

February 5, 2009

John Kass: Outfit's faithful reader has many a puzzle to ponder

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

John Kass: Mob boss' tale offers peek at city's 'secrets'

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

John Kass: Without feds, we'd never hear the 'lies'

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

John Kass: Luck of the Irish won't be with Outfit

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

John Kass: Case closed, but coffin on Outfit isn't

Is the Chicago Outfit dead, now that the historic Family Secrets trial has ended?

September 30, 2007

John Kass: Outfit's fate signed, sealed, delivered

The letter that spilled the Outfit's Family Secrets arrived at the Chicago offices of the FBI in November 1998.

August 31, 2007

John Kass: Required reading: Closing argument

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

John Kass: Fear, not passion, drove Outfit killer

Even Outfit hit men have feelings.

February 3, 2009

John Kass: Don't ask mayor to discuss 'Secrets'

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

John Kass: Mob trial hits on badge, buried secrets

How do 18 Chicago Outfit murders remain unsolved for decades?

December 18, 2005

John Kass: It's end of the run for fugitive mobster

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

John Kass: Mob charges tell a story, but more isn't told

How could the Chicago Outfit prosper and survive without the help of corrupt local police, politicians and judges?

November 5, 2003

John Kass: Bring on lights, camera--we've got mob action

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

John Kass: DNA test could have Outfit guys grinding teeth

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

John Kass: FBI digs not just for body, but for mob secrets too

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

John Kass: One witness at a time, feds turning up heat

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

John Kass: Outfit bosses dive for cover as enforcer talks

Until recently, the bosses of the Chicago Outfit felt relatively safe, with their connections in politics and local law enforcement.

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