Skip to comments.CHICAGO: CRIME KIND OF TOWN
Posted on 12/19/2008 12:25:19 AM PST by hoosiermamaEdited on 02/09/2012 7:04:21 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Crime in Chicago has been in the news lately, but it is nothing new. Historically it dates back over a hundred years. From the tale of the Gray Wolves
The 1890s Chicago City Council was notorious for corrupt political practices orchestrated by a faction of its aldermen known as the Gray Wolves. So named because they were viewed as preying upon the defenseless public, the Gray Wolves were led by First Ward aldermen Bathhouse John Coughlin and Hinky Dink Mike Kenna, and Johnny Powers of the Nineteenth Ward. These elected officials were not only skilled at trading votes for favors, but once in office they excelled in making municipal decisions to profit themselves financially.
TO the present, it is a compelling historical subject.
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A hmmmm moment when referencing the above.:
In this perhaps unguarded moment, Obama became one of the few liberal politicians candid enough to admit that the Constitution poses a fundamental obstacle to their agenda.
Heard you might be interested in this. Please feel free to place a link to your information.
Transfer from another thread to keep all information in one place:
Patti had real estate relations with Rezko IIRC.
Whats next? They also own land in the old country:
Cousin Dragan appeared again in Fridays Blic, saying his famous relative still owns some land in the village so he can come to Serbia if he cannot take it any more in America. He can have a cow or a pig or two, a chicken. He is always welcome.
Some Serbs referred jokingly to their own countrys record of corruption following decades of communism and the rule of autocrat Slobodan Milosevic. A Blic headline read American Corruption the Serbian Way.
Naturally, a Serb comes up with a scheme to make money, laughed Svetlana Ciric, a 39-year-old book seller in Belgrade. Only, it doesnt work there like it does here.
Dragan Blagojevich said the governor had never visited the village, but that his family sends Orthodox Easter postcards every year.
15 posted on Friday, December 19, 2008 6:31:55 PM by Albanese (”Mbahu nene mos ki frike, se ke djemte ne Amerike”)
It’s this guy, a thoroughly disgusted REAL POLICE who has the goods on Chicago police related corruption. I used to read his blog regularly as a state cop working in Chicago.
Information on Connor and appraisal can be found here:
A former Illinois bank official, now claiming whistleblower status, says bank officials replaced a loan reappraisal that he prepared for a Chicago property that was purchased by the wife of now-convicted felon Tony Rezko, part of which was later sold to next-door neighbor Barack Obama.
In a complaint filed Thursday in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Kenneth J. Connor said that his reappraisal of Rita Rezko’s property was replaced with a higher one and that he was fired when he questioned the document... “
The complaint said the Rezko loan was approved by Mutual Bank President and CEO Amrish Mahajan
Amrish was his boss....From other research the bank merged with several banks in the last few years, some of them out of state....
To: hoosiermama; Polarik
The Bonehead Deal Returns (Whistle Blower Lawsuit on Obama/Rezko Home Purchase)
New Yor Daily News ^ | 101808 | - Michael McAuliff
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2008 8:24:57 AM by Fred
PDF Doc of Lawsuit Filing by Kenneth J. Conner
121 posted on 12/19/2008 5:35:42 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
Here’s the one I was looking for:
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/chi-govamrish070314,0,5099502,full.story - 57k -
Uncle Amrish’ helped raise $500,000 for Blagojevich
By John Chase and David Kidwell, Tribune staff reporters
March 14, 2007
A Chicago banker whose wife is accused of bilking millions from a no-bid state contract has helped raise more than a half million dollars for Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaigns since 2001.
Amrish Mahajan was a driving force behind his wife’s drug-screening company, now facing questions about how it kept its long-standing state contract despite troubles with taxes, licensing and years of alleged fraud.A review of records and dozens of interviews reveal the company was built on Mahajan’s deep Chicago political connections and its government business grew along with his reputation as a power broker in the city’s Indian community.
He has been neither charged nor implicated in the fraud case.
Mahajan, 60, the president of Mutual Bank, is courted by city and state politicians as a man who can deliver support and money.
He is referred to as “Uncle Amrish” by the businessmen who line the predominantly Indian corridor along Devon Avenue, by his bank customers, and even by one of the governor’s children.
Mahajan’s ties to Blagojevich run deep—including hiring the Democratic governor’s wife last year as a real estate agent on $5.7 million in private land deals.
Here’s an interesting tidbit that is repeated several place on the net:
Nadhmi Auchi owns General Mediterranean Holding, a Luxemburg-based conglomerate with ... Mutual Bank, Anita and Amrish Mahajan, the Daley gang ...
See above posts for the relationship to Blag and Obama
Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part IV (Excerpts)
Rezko schemes to hide assets from creditors
The second Rezko indictment involves Ali Ata (left) and the Illinois Finance Authority, and alleges fraud in financial transactions with the General Electric Capital Corp in connection with the sale of a string of Papa John pizza restaurants in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.
The indictment and plea agreement provide a preview for the scheme hatched to conceal Rezkos assets from creditors through Obamas secret Land Trust.
When announcing the arrests, U.S. District Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald stated: The new indictment is part of Operation Board Games, an ongoing federal public corruption investigation of insider-dealing, influence-peddling and kickbacks involving private interests and public duties related to various state boards and non-profit organizations.
Co-schemer Abdelhamid Chaib (right), is the former the director of Rezko Concessions. lllinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed Chaibs wife to a position with the Department of Employment Security Review Board.
An exhibit presented to the jury shows Chaib contributed $10,000 to Blagojevich. Records show Obama received $5,000 from Chaib on June 30, 2003, the same day that Ata donated $5,000.
This indictment alleges that Rezko fraudulently caused General Electric Capital Corporation (GE), to extend more than $10 million in loans to finance what Rezko portrayed as sales of two different groups of Papa Johns pizza restaurants in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.
The indictment says Rezko and his co-schemers fraudulently obtained a $4.5 million loan from GE in March 2001 to finance the purchase of the Milwaukee pizza stores by a straw purchaser, and his company, at an inflated price, and by the submission of fraudulent documents, including false financial statements about the condition of the stores.
The government alleges that they made similar fraudulent representations to obtain another $6 million loan in October 2001, in connection with Rezkos sale of the Chicago area pizza restaurants from Rezko Enterprises to his own company, Chicago PJ.
After closing on the loan for the Chicago stores, the loan became delinquent, and Rezko caused additional false financial information to be submitted to GE in asking for forebearance on the default, according to the indictment.
In addition to defrauding GE, prosecutors allege that Rezko defrauded investors by concealing that he was transferring the companys assets to himself and a straw purchaser.
WOW! Wasn’t Bill Ayres father somehow connected with GE?
Thomas G. Ayers (February 16, 1915, Detroit, Michigan June 8, 2007, Chicago, Illinois) was president (19641980), CEO and chairman (19731980) of Commonwealth Edison.
Ayers served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, the Erikson Institute, the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Community Trust, the Chicago Urban League, the Community Renewal Society, the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry, Chicago United, the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, and Dearborn Park Corp., and served as vice president of the Chicago Board of Education.
Ayers also served on the board of directors of Sears, G.D. Searle, Chicago Pacific Corp., Zenith Corp., Northwest Industries, General Dynamics Corp. of St. Louis, First National Bank of Chicago, the Chicago Cubs, and the Tribune Co.
It came to freepers attention that Obama’s name is not on the title of his house, nor does he pay the taxes.. A lawyer, whose law firm he was once in does. Found this thread that tells about it,
Bah Bah,Can you explain how it works?
(all: lots of good information at link)
“...Obama used a trust account through Northern Trust to purchase the home. His attorney, William Miceli, signed the real estate documents on behalf of the trust. The same William Miceli was a sometime supervisor of Obama when Obama worked at the law firm of Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland...”
hoosiermama, I have looked at this, as have people with more resources and smarts than I have, such as AJ Strata.
My assessment, from years in real estate, is that they are getting a contrived deal, convoluted and done to keep him rising and advantaged. He is a creature of others, and that’s my best guess, because none of it makes sense in terms of a regular couple buying a house in the usual way. Does not compute.
Some names to cross reference later:
Even the Northern Trust management has personal connections to Obama, including current Exelon (Commonwealth Edison) Chairman and CEO John Rowe a later successor of Bill Ayers father, Tom Ayers, who has been a member of the banks board of directors since 2004. Another board member is Susan Crown, whose family has been one of Obamas proven fundraisers. Crowns brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Paula Crown, are bundlers for Obama, and the Crown family has given at least $56,000 to Obama campaigns. Northern Trust general counsel Kelly R. Walsh, who contributed $1,500 to Obama a little more than one month before the Obamas were given their home loan, is married to current Joyce Foundation President Ellen Alberding. Alberding coincidentally served on the board of the Joyce Foundation with Obama in 2001.
Thanks for your input.....Dad says it doesn’t make any sense to him either. Unless he’s buying the house on some kind of contract.....If so, I sure would like to see what he brings to the table.
bump for later
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Was Blagojevich a Mobbed-Up Bookie Before He Was a Governor?
The ABC station in Chicago reports:
By Chuck Goudie
The ABC7 I-Team has learned that an attorney who went undercover for the FBI in the late 1980s says he told federal authorities years ago about wrongdoing by Blagojevich.
His name is Robert Cooley.
Cooley was a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago in the late 1980s who became one of the most potent witnesses against Chicago corruption, testifying for federal prosecutors in cases that resulted in dozens of convictions.
Cooley says that before Rod Blagojevich got into politics he was a bookmaker on the North Side who regularly paid the Chicago mob to operate.
When I was working with government wearing wire, I reported, I observed Rod, the present governor, who was running a gambling operation out in the western suburbs. He was paying street tax to the mob out there, said Robert Cooley, federal informant.
On a web-based interview show last week, Cooley said he reported to federal authorities nearly two decades ago that Rod Blagojevich had been operating an illegal sports gambling business.
During Operation Gambat in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Cooleys undercover work and testimony put away 24 crooked politicians, judges, lawyers and cops.
Several years ago, when Mr. Blagojevich was running for re-election, Cooley provided the same information to the ABC7 I-Team. Because Cooley did not want to be identified at the time and the governor denied it, ABC7 did not report the story.
On Tuesday, Cooley spoke on the record.
He told ABC7 that Mr. Blagojevich regularly paid a so-called street tax to Robert Bobby the Boxer Abbinanti, a convicted outfit gambling collector. In the early 1980s, Abbinanti was working for convicted West Side mob boss Marco Damico. Bookies pay street taxes to the crime syndicate in exchange for being allowed to operate such a racket.
I predicted five years ago when he ran the first time that he was a hands on person who would be selling every position in the state of Illinois and that it exactly what happened, said Cooley.
This is the caliber of human being who becomes a successful Illinois politician. And, therefore, this is the type of man that Barack Obama, with every option in the world open to him, chose to spend his days in alliance with, so burning was Obamas hunger for power.
I moved to Chicago three years before Obama and had a lovely time there. But never once did I ever consider becoming a Chicago politician. I cant recall ever meeting anybody in Chicago who grew up elsewhere who said they had ever thought of becoming a Chicago politician. It no more occurred to us than to apply for membership in the Chicago Outfit. But Obama spent three years at Harvard Law School telling everybody that he was going back to Chicago to become mayor.
Its not as if Obama wanted to be a reformer, like his predecessor in the U.S. Senate, Peter Fitzgerald, who brought Patrick Fitzgerald to town to be Eliot Ness. Obama didnt want to change the rules of Illinois politics; he wanted to win at Illinois politics.
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