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The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights

Louis Corsino


From the slot machine trust of the early 1900s to the prolific Prohibition era bootleggers allied with Al Capone, and for decades beyond, organized crime in Chicago Heights, Illinois, represented a vital component of the Chicago Outfit. This book taps interviews, archives, government documents, and the author's own family history to tell the story of the Chicago Heights “boys” and their place in the city's Italian American community in the twentieth century. Debunking the popular idea of organized crime as a uniquely Italian enterprise, the book delves into the social and cultural forces that ... More

Keywords: organized crime, Chicago Heights, Chicago Outfit, Italian American community, Italian Americans, illicit activity, discrimination, social mobility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038716
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louis Corsino, author
North Central College

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