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Deep Shit Dept: Chicago Suburb's Mayor Talked With Mob About Casino

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 18th July 2005 11:43pm
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Rosemont Mayor Donald Stephens met with five members and two associates of organized crime in May 1999 regarding the mob's control of construction and operations contracts at a proposed casino in the Chicago suburb, an FBI agent testified Monday.

Special agent John Mallul testified before an administrative law judge during a hearing in which the Illinois Gaming Board is trying to revoke the bankrupt Emerald Casino Inc.'s gambling license. State regulators want to revoke Emerald's license because they say some of the casino's investors had alleged mob ties.

Rosemont attorney Robert Stephenson denied Mallul's claim, calling it "absolutely false." He said Stephens was at his summer home in Wisconsin at the time of the alleged meeting at Armand's, a restaurant in Elmwood Park, Ill. Stephens has denied any allegations that he has mob ties.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has questioned the suitability of Rosemont as a casino location and said she had concerns about possible mob ties in the suburb.



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