By Jim Ridings
The tale of Chicago gangsters within the Twenties is famous. much less referred to is the story of the politicians who allowed these gangsters to thrive. through the heyday of prepared crime within the Prohibition period, Chicago mayor "Big invoice" Thompson and Gov. Len Small have been the 2 strongest political figures in Illinois. Thompson campaigned on making Chicago "a large open city" for bootleggers. Small offered hundreds of thousands of pardons and paroles to criminals, embezzled $1 million, and was once then acquitted after mobsters bribed the jury. This booklet is the tale of these Jazz Age politicians whose careers in govt thrived on and counseled corruption and racketeering, from Chicago to Springfield. It enhances writer Jim Ridings's groundbreaking biography, Len Small: Governors and Gangsters, which was once praised via critics and located Ridings as a trailblazer between Chicago crime authors.
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He has given the city an international reputation for moronic buffoonery, barbaric crime, triumphant hoodlumism, unchecked graft, and a dejected citizenship. He nearly ruined the property and completely destroyed the pride of the city. He made Chicago a byword for the collapse of American civilization. In his attempt to continue this, he excelled himself as a liar and defamer of character. 5 million. Big Bill Thompson was a colorful character who amused and outraged people at the same time. During World War I, Thompson was pro-German and anti-British.
It was owned by Big Jim Colosimo and run by Harry Guzik. When Mona finally escaped, her case was the one that brought the words “white slavery” into popular use; it was also one of the cases that resulted in the passage of the federal Mann Act in 1909. Harry Guzik later ran the brothels for Johnny Torrio and Al Capone. ) Harry (pictured) and Alma Guzik managed the Roemer Inn brothel in Chicago for Johnny Torrio and Al Capone. In 1921, they advertised for a maid. Minnie Oehlerking answered the ad and was forced into prostitution.
Kerner’s son married Helena Cermak, daughter of the late mayor. Otto Kerner Jr. was elected governor in 1960, was convicted on bribery and other charges, and went to prison. ) On the podium with Governor Small is Big Bill Thompson. With the Supreme Court ruling, Small’s opponents sought to remove him from office, citing constitutional ineligibility. But Governor Small had his Republican majority introduce an amendment in May 1927 giving the present governor immunity from quo warranto removal. The legislature passed the amendment, and Small signed it, and this nullified the constitutional remedy.