Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 7 Num. 29

("Quid coniuratio est?")


By Sherman H. Skolnick

The Hotel, Restaurant, Bar-Tenders, and Gambling Casino workers, in some places, have a so-called Union. For many years there have been stories how that union was controlled by the Mafia. The union boss has been Edward T. Hanley. And the union was always tight with Jim Thompson, going back to the time he was Illinois Governor, as well as tight with Paul Simon as U.S. Senator from Illinois and Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware.

And highly corrupt Dan Rostenkowski, when he was a Congressman from Chicago, naturally, praised this union. Members of the union were reportedly cheated out of proper wages and pensions, and by the union bosses padding their own payroll with their cronies. Before he was elected as a Congressman from Chicago, Jesse Jackson, Jr. reportedly was a heavily paid so-called organizer for this gangster union. He was asked if he knew Hanley. Jesse Jr. said he did not know.

Maybe Jr. also did not know that his father, Jesse Jackson, Sr., for many years owned a garbage truck business, Crosstown Scavengers, which unloaded their stuff in a mafia-owned dump on the far south side of Chicago.

Substantial amounts of union funds were reportedly plundered by gangster businesses in Nevada, Georgia, and Illinois, as so- called "loans".

One of the slickest tricks of all is to take over a mafia union while pretending it is a reform movement -- and to continue business as usual. For example, Jim Thompson and his gang of corrupt federal judges and other public swindlers took over the Teamsters Pension Fund in Chicago (including Federal appeals Judge Ilana Rovner, former U.S. District Attorneys in Chicago Dan K. Webb and Anton R. Valukas). For that purpose, Big Jim and his mob reportedly arranged to assassinate Pension Fund wizard Alan Dorfman. It was whitewashed by Nicholas J. Bua when he was Chicago Federal District Judge. (Bua went on to cover up the infamous Inslaw Affair. He is reportedly the head of the Grand Mother Lodge of Propaganda Due [DOO-ay] for North America; P-2, the infamous free-mason society, Italy, France, England, and U.S., dedicated to overthrowing representative governments by the "politics of tension", such as bombing the train station in Bologna, Italy, killing 86, and blaming it on the current dissidents.)

And so now, look who took over the dirty game of the Hotel Workers Union. Why, a three-person, so-called Review Board. The members are ex-governor Jim Thompson, Kurt Muellenberg, a former head of the Justice Department's organized crime and racketeering division, and Roman Catholic Archbishop James Kelleher of Kansas City. (Chicago Tribune, August 29, 1995.) [CN -- Previous Conspiracy Nation, Vol. 7 Num. 28]

Hey, did any of these big-time crime busters ever investigate the Vatican Bank Chief, Bishop Paul Marcinkus of Cicero, washing dirty money through the partly-Vatican-owned Continental Bank of Chicago and Marcinkus-dominated First National Bank of Cicero? And the Chicago suburb of Cicero has long been a mafia enclave. Marcinkus' crony has become State Treasurer of Illinois, Judy Baar Topinka. (She praised Marcinkus on a public access Cable TV Show.)

A similar trick was done some years ago when the former head of the Organized Crime Division took over the gangster gambling casino in the Bahamas on Paradise Island. Mafioso were knocked off and their game taken over and continued.

We gave you related details on our recorded phone commentary and on our public access Cable TV Show, "Broadsides": How Jim Thompson heads up the massive smuggling of dope into the Chicago area. Called "China White", high purity heroin, it is brought in through small airports in Chicago suburbs, Lansing, Joliet, and Prospect Heights. [CN -- See "CIA and the Dope Business" archived via (a) telnet (b) logon as "visitor" (c) enter "go citcom" at the prompt.] The huge dope loot is washed on the night shift reportedly through gambling casinos in Joliet. One of the directors of a gambling casino there is reportedly fronting the dope money laundry for Chicago Mayor Richie Daley as well as the Mercantile Bank of Hammond, Indiana. The highly corrupt DEA is silent about all this.

Jim Thompson has been chairman of the huge law factory, Winston & Strawn, a secret section of which reportedly are dope traffickers worldwide. (Some of the firm's personnel have admitted the same to us, following our Cable TV expose', 11/94.) And Jim Thompson and his federal court gang of judges are tight with the mass media. For example, Big Jim has been a director of the Chicago Sun-Times. The media bosses have their own reputed mafia unions. Channel 7, WLS-TV in Chicago, has a long history of reported links to gangsters, going back to the reputed criminal enterprises, the Balaban & Katz Theater Chain.

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-- Brian Francis Redman, Editor-in-Chief

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Mr. Skolnick is founder/chairman, since 1963, of the public interest reform group, Citizens' Committee to Clean Up the Courts, investigating and researching judicial bribery and political murders. Since 1971, he has been editor of a 5-minute recorded phone commentary, HOTLINE NEWS, (312) 731-1100, a regular phone call, on 24 hours per day, changed several times per week. Since 1991, he has been a regular panelist, now the moderator, of a weekly public access one-hour Cable TV Show, "Broadsides", available to some 400,000 households. His comments appear on several news groups on Internet and on the World Wide Web. Office, 8 a.m. to midnight, 7 days/week: (312) 375-5741. Call before sending fax. 9800 S. Oglesby Ave., Chicago, IL 60617-4870.

A few highlights of the group's work: Biggest judicial bribery scandal in U.S. history, collapse of the Illinois Supreme Court, 1969. The jailing for bribery of 7th Circuit Federal Appeals Judge Kerner, 1973, highest ranking sitting federal judge sent to jail in U.S. history. Downfall of Vice President Spiro Agnew, bribery charges, 1973. 1983-1993, "Operation Greylord", touched off by the group; 20 local judges and 40 lawyers sent to jail for bribery.

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