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John D’Arco Sr. in 1952, Chicago Alderman and Chair of the First Ward Democratic Committee.

Senior’s house was in a beautiful secluded spot overlooking the beach. He came to the door when I rang the bell and was ashen. I asked him what was wrong, and he took me to the front of his house. The picture window had been smashed. He told me his neighbor, who lived a few doors down, threw a rock through it for no reason. Senior saw the whole thing happen, and yelled at the guy. The neighbor yelled back, “Go f**k yourself.”

It was an unbelievable story. Even more unbelievable, the perp was named du Pont, John E. du Pont, and he was one of the heirs to the DuPont chemical fortune. As a result, Senior felt powerless to do anything. He wasn’t going to call the police, and he certainly wasn’t going to sic some Mob enforcer on a du Pont. He figured he would use my services instead. Senior walked to the foot of his driveway, pointed to du Pont’s house and said, “Now you go straighten it out.”

Photograph as published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Inc. © 2004 by Chicago Sun-Times, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

When Corruption Was King © 2004 by Robert Cooley and Hillel Levin


     
   
 
  From 1986 to 1989, criminal defense attorney Robert Cooley wore a recording device and developed criminal cases against mobsters and corrupt officials. His investigation led to nine federal trials in the Nineties and convictions or guilty pleas for twenty-four.  
 
 

“Bob is every bit the hero because he didn’t have to
do what he did.”

Tom Durkin, former First
Assistant U.S. Attorney

“The man is a paragon of corruption. The man is
walking slime.”

Criminal Defense Attorney
Edward M. Genson

Never has a federal investigation accomplished
so much, and never has an investigation revolved as
much around one man. But
to this day, the reasons why Cooley decided to cooperate with federal authorities remain a mystery.

 
 
 
 
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