Report Finds New Groups in Organized Crime Rings

By Janota, Laura | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), October 1, 1997 | Go to article overview

Report Finds New Groups in Organized Crime Rings


Janota, Laura, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Laura Janota Daily Herald Staff Writer

Move over Al Capone.

The once-mighty Chicago Outfit no longer monopolizes organized crime in the region.

It's not like the Chicago mob is a dinosaur.

With 70 core members and as many as 1,200 associates in three street crews, the region's Outfit still flexes muscle in gambling, prostitution, even legitimate businesses.

However, the Chicago Crime Commission reported Tuesday that there are new breeds of organized crime taking root here.

The members are immigrants from Asia, South America, Nigeria, Eastern Europe, Poland and the old Yugoslavia, according to the crime commission.

And they're quietly making their way into everything from gambling to white-collar fraud, the not-for-profit group warns in a report on organized crime.

"They are infiltrating organizations and making alliances," said Donald Mulack, chairman of the crime commission.

"They're getting involved in things that the Outfit isn't involved in," he said. "It's becoming a wave of the future in organized crime."

The commission report, the first released since 1990, provides a glimpse into these new breeds, whose size and power base researchers aren't yet able to estimate.

One example is Polish organized crime.

Arriving here from Poland, organized crime figures primarily from Warsaw have made the Chicago region a hub for stolen vehicles that are exported back home, the crime commission reported. …

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