June 01, 2010
The Mob Still Does Stuff in Chicago?
They both shook their heads, and one of them made a machine gun gesture and yelled "Al Capone!"
They think of Chicago as a mob-town! Even today! And that was so disenchanting to me. But after an Easter history lesson from my Italian family, I realized I simply lived in a suburban bubble of wishful thinking.
Super-Brief History of Mob Rule in Chicago
The United States was never a melting pot. People immigrated from Europe and created little mini-towns in whatever cities they went to. Little Italy. Chinatown. Etc. So, the mob worked the same way. The Italian mob and the Irish mob were the main players in Chicago for years. But, the Irish mob decided that getting into politics would be the best way to control the game. And they got in. So, from then on...Unions. Police. Government. All Irish-run. In fact, The Daley's, one of the big families in the Irish community have held the position of Mayor for a combined 42 years and counting.
The Italian mob got stuck with gambling. (Neither side admits to drugs...)
But as far as that all being behind us, I was sadly mistaken. SUPER creepy stuff goes on, even today. Like its nothing. Like its the way stuff gets done.
This post has been contributed. Image source Investing in any sort of property is a pretty sound bet to make, but please don’t think...
Both in Peoria and up here in the Chicago suburbs, I have had multiple Jimmy Johns employees who have memorized my order and start preparin...
She ain’t afraid of no ghosts. About a year ago, Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired, said the most profound Virtual Reality he’s ever expe...
My dad lives in the world of theological academia. He reads books written by guys just like him. And he contends that you have to read a boo...