Operation Greylord

Author: Terrence Hake
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ISBN: 9781641051552
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Operation Greylord is the definitive account of the largest corruption bust ever in the history of the United States, told from the prospective of Terrance Hake , who worked under cover posing as a corrupt prosecutor.

Operation Greylord

Author: Terrence Hake
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
ISBN: 9781627229197
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This is the exciting story of Terrence Hake, the leader of the FBI's longest and most successful undercover operation—Operation Greylord. It's a true crime story that resulted in bribery and tax charges against 103 judges, lawyers and other court personnel. Terrence was a young assistant prosecutor in Chicago when asked to helm the investigation. Follow him as he spends four years ferreting out corruption in the Chicago machine.

Brotherhood of Corruption

Author: Juan Antonio Juarez
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613741413
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A former Chicago cop exposes shocking truths about the abuses of power within the city's police department in this memoir of violence, drugs, and men with badges. Juarez becomes a police officer because he wants to make a difference in gang-infested neighborhoods; but, as this book reveals, he ends up a corrupt member of the most powerful gang of all--the Chicago police force. Juarez shares the horrific indiscretions he witnessed during his seven years of service, from the sexually predatory officer, X, who routinely stops beautiful women for made-up traffic offenses and flirts with domestic violence victims, to sadistic Locallo, known on the streets as Locoman, who routinely stops gang members and beats them senseless. Working as a narcotics officer, Juarez begins to join his fellow officers in crossing the line between cop and criminal, as he takes advantage of his position and also becomes a participant in a system of racial profiling legitimized by the war on drugs. Ultimately, as Juarez discusses, his conscience gets the better of him and he tries to reform, only to be brought down by his own excesses. From the perspective of an insider, he tells of widespread abuses of power, random acts of brutality, and the code of silence that keeps law enforcers untouchable.

Operation Greylord

Author: Brocton Lockwood
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The author, a former judge in Illinois, recounts how he worked with the FBI to end the widespread corruption in the Chicago court system

Golden

Author: Jeff Coen
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613745257
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No one did political corruption quite like Rod Blagojevich. The 40th governor of Illinois made international headlines in 2008 when he was roused from his bed and arrested by the FBI at his Chicago home. He was accused of running the state government as a criminal racket and, most shockingly, caught on tape trying to barter away President-elect Barack Obama’s US Senate seat. Most politicians would hunker down, stay quiet, and fight the federal case against them. But as he had done for years, Rod Blagojevich proved he was no ordinary politician. Instead, he fueled the headlines, proclaiming his innocence on seemingly every national talk show and street corner he could find.Revealing evidence from the investigation never before made public, Golden is the most complete telling yet of the Blagojevich story, written by two Chicago reporters who covered every step of his rise and fall and spent years sifting through evidence, compiling documents, and conducting more than a hundred interviews with those who have known Blagojevich from his childhood to his time in the governor’s office. Dispensing with sensationalism to present the facts about one of the nation’s most notorious politicians, the authors detail the mechanics of the corruption that brought the governor down and profile a fascinating and frustrating character who embodies much of what is wrong with modern politics. With Blagojevich now serving 14 years in prison, the time has come for the last word on who Blagojevich was, how he was elected, how he got himself into trouble, and how the feds took him down.

Greylord

Author: James Tuohy
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780399133855
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The many faces of the modern justice system are exposed in a revealing book about Chicago's Operation Greylord, begun in 1980 and the most comprehensive corruption investigation ever undertaken by the Justice Department

Soft Corruption

Author: William E. Schluter
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813586194
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New Jersey has long been a breeding ground for political corruption, and most of it is perfectly legal. Public officials accept favors from lobbyists, give paid positions to relatives, and rig the electoral process to favor their cronies in a system where campaign money is used to buy government results. Such unethical behavior is known as “soft corruption,” and former New Jersey legislator William E. Schluter has been fighting it for the past fifty years. In this searing personal narrative, the former state senator recounts his fight to expose and reform these acts of government misconduct. Not afraid to cite specific cases of soft corruption in New Jersey politics, he paints a vivid portrait of public servants who care more about political power and personal gain than the public good. By recounting events that he witnessed firsthand in the Garden State, he provides dramatic illustrations of ills that afflict American politics nationwide. As he identifies five main forms of soft corruption, Schluter diagnoses the state government’s ethical malaise, and offers concrete policy suggestions for how it might be cured. Not simply a dive through the muck of New Jersey politics, Soft Corruption is an important first step to reforming our nation’s political system, a book that will inspire readers to demand that our elected officials can and must do better. Visit: www.softcorruption.com (http://www.softcorruption.com)

Mob Cop

Author: Fred Pascente
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613731345
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Former Chicago police officer and mafia associate Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, a central character in Nicholas Pileggi's Casino and one of Chicago's most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago's Near West Side, and as young toughs they were rousted and shaken down by Hanhardt. While Spilotro became one of the youngest made men in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department. Soon taken under Hanhardt's wing, Pascente served as Hanhardt's fixer and bagman on the department for more than a decade. At the same time, Pascente remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend while helping to rob the casinos blind. Mob Cop tells about the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States, and it reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit that have never been publicly released. Fred Pascente's positions as an insider on both the criminal and law enforcement fronts make this story a matchless tell-all. Fred Pascente was a Chicago police officer for twenty-six years and a professional thief with close ties to the mafia. He died in 2014. Sam Reaves is the author of ten novels and has served as president of the Midwest chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Thirty Years in the Trenches Covering Crooks Characters and Capers

Author: John Drummond
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ISBN: 9781886094772
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These are stories you won't read about in the Chicago guide books or travel brochures. Examine Justice Department transcripts involving mobsters and their victims. Meet some of Chicago's legendary characters. Listen in on high class hookers and escorts telling their secrets. Try to solve some of Chicago's most fascinating mysteries. Read about who gets the gravy and who doesn't in a TV newsroom. John Drummond takes you with him as he gets his story -- stories that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes brutal, sometimes poignant, and always fascinating. Book jacket.

King of the Gold Coast

Author: Wayne Klatt
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614231796
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Chicago's breathtaking Lake Shore Drive, with its beaches and luxury homes, has its origin in a neglected marsh and a clandestine land development. Meet the uncrowned king of the disputed shore, George Wellington Streeter, the outlandish swindler, unlikely hero and self-proclaimed founder of the Gold Coast who tried to secede from the state of Illinois. Opposing him was the quiet vision of Potter Palmer and the full weight of his investment syndicate. With this keen piece of investigative history, Wayne Klatt uncovers the secrets that both sides of the conflict managed to keep in spite of lawsuits, state inquiries, a presidential forgery and two murder trials.