Friday, October 29, 2010

Jenner and JFK's Warren Commission
"Albert Jenner was truly a curious choice for the commission staff. He was fundamentally a creature of the anti-Kennedy milieu - a corporate lawyer whose principal work was defending large companies against government trust-busting... Jenner's most important client was Chicago financier Henry Crown, who was the principal shareholder in General Dynamics, then the nation's largest defense contractor and a major employer in the Fort Worth area."

General Dynamics to support US command in Afghanistan

General Dynamics to support US command in Afghanistan
7 October 2010

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General Dynamics Information Technology, a provider of IT systems and communications networks for the defence sector, has been awarded a three-year, $39m (£25m) task order by the US Army Sustainment Command to provide logistics support to the US Army’s 1st Theater Sustainment Command in Afghanistan.

General Dynamics will help to provide the supplies needed to sustain the US Army’s expanded presence in the country.

Tony Rezko
August 2, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Members of the Illinois Republican Party are criticizing Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias over a loan issued by his family's bank.

They claim Giannoulias misled voters. Giannoulias says Republicans are just trying to distract voters from real issues.

The deal in question was made in February 2006, at least four months after Giannoulias had quit his job as chief loan officer to run for Illinois treasurer. And unlike many other Broadway Bank commercial real estate loans, the $22.7 million was paid back within six months.

Still, Republicans accused the Democratic U

Chicago Business
D'Arco tied to Miami hotel funded by Giannoulias bank
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Mayor Daley at Crain's .(Crain's) -- Former state Sen. John D'Arco -- twice convicted of federal corruption charges -- is involved in a land deal financed by a bank that's owned by the family of Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic candidate for Illinois treasurer.

Official records in Florida indicate that Mr. D'Arco and two convicted bookmakers joined in March 2001, to incorporate a company that acquired the Lorraine Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. Two months later, the firm received the first of a series of mortgage loans from Broadway Bank, where Mr. Giannoulias is a vice-president.

Politics in Chicago
October 7, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- President Barack Obama joined forces with Democrats in Chicago Thursday night in an attempt to keep Republicans from winning his former Senate seat.

It was the second time in ten weeks the president has campaigned in Chicago for Alexi Giannoulias who is trying to retain for the Democrats the U.S. Senate seat once held by Barack Obama

The president was expected to................

Giannoulias consistently vague about his job at the bank
And, interestingly, both included in their lists a Giannoulias quote published in the Windy City Times just before the March 2006, primary for state treasurer: "I'm senior loan officer and vice president (of the bank), so I oversee a $600 million loan department."

"I'm" would seem to indicate present tense. And, in fact, in every news story I could track down from the 2006 primary and general election campaigns, the references and paraphrases indicated Giannoulias was still the senior loan officer and vice president.

This matters because Broadway Bank, which has since gone under, made several loans to shady characters during that era, including a $22.75 million loan in February 2006, to a development company partially owned by crooked financier Antoin "Tony" Rezko.

John D'Arco
82, the former longtime Democratic committeeman of the old 1st Ward who federal authorities say served as a link between organized crime and politics, died Saturday after a long illness.

Mr. D'Arco, also a former alderman and legislator, was the target of numerous investigations in his four decades as committeeman but was never charged with any crime.

He was born in Chicago, grew up on the Near West Side and in 1945 became a state legislator. In 1951, he became 1st Ward alderman, a seat he held until 1963. By 1952 he was also ward Democratic committeemen.

Mr. D'Arco retired as committeeman after the city adopted a new ward map in 1992 that …

Criminals in Chicago Harry Aleman-John D'Arco, Sr.
In his free and easy days, Harry Aleman roamed the streets of Chicago basking in the certain knowledge that his reputation as the syndicate’s most efficient “enforcer” bestowed upon him a certain celebrity status. He enjoyed the protection of John D’Arco, Sr., the crooked First Ward Democratic committeeman, and his principal administrative aide, Pat Marcy, whose influence in such matters dated back to the heyday of the notorious West Side Bloc of syndicate-controlled politicians who rose to power in the 1940s.
Together these men ruled the First Ward and acted on behalf of the Chicago outfit when the outfit’s interests were threatened as they were in 1977 when Harry “the Hook” Aleman was about to stand trial for the 1972 shotgun murder of Teamster steward William Logan.

Operation Greylord Chicago Tribune
One lawyer in the room--Terrence Hake--was not surprised by the news. Disgusted with the corruption that permeated the Cook County court system, he had become the FBI's mole in its unprecedented investigation of judicial corruption. First as a prosecutor and later as a defense lawyer, Hake had burrowed into the dark side of justice, handing out bribes to fix cases concocted by the FBI.Four months after the Greylord investigation was revealed, the first indictments were announced, naming two judges, a former judge, three attorneys, two court clerks and a police officer. "I believe this will be viewed as one of the most comprehensive, intricate and difficult undercover projects ever undertaken by a law-enforcement agency," U.S. Atty. Dan Webb said in announcing those charges.

The allegations ranged from fixing drunken-driving cases to more serious felony charges. One lawyer was caught on tape bragging that "even a murder case can be fixed if the judge is given something to hang his hat on." By the end of the decade, nearly 100 people had been indicted, and all but a handful were convicted. Of the 17 judges indicted, 15 were convicted. The tally of convictions included 50 lawyers, as well as court clerks, police officers and sheriff's deputies.

Operation Silver Shovel wikipedia

The official seal of the FBI.Operation Silver Shovel was a major United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe into political corruption in Chicago during the 1990s. By the end of the probe illegal activities from labor union corruption to drug trafficking and organized crime activity were unearthed and corruption convictions were handed out to 18 individuals.[1]

Alderman Edward Burke part iii top machine boss of Obamas Chicago
Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), whose decisions on hiring lawyers in the City Council ward remap case have funneled $7.5 million in city fees to the prominent Jenner and Block law firm, holds co-counsel status with that firm in two recent lawsuits, court records show. Burke’s links with the firm do not appear to violate any laws or regulations…

Managing partner Jerold Solovy – who is the lead attorney in the remap case – was treasurer of the unopposed 1996 campaign for Illinois Appellate Court justice of Anne Burke, the alderman’s wife. And prominent [Jenner and Block] partner John Simon served as her campaign chairman. The firm provided $14,414.15 in services and money to the campaign.

The firm hired Burke’s daughter Jennifer A. Burke in June, 1995, shortly after she graduated 173rd in a class of 385 from Chicago Kent College of Law. In making new hires, the firm usually draws top students from the nation’s leading law schools. Two weeks ago, Burke, whose name has been linked to the federal investigation of ghost payrolling at City Hall, hired Jenner and Block partner and former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas to represent him in that inquiry.

Albert E. Jenner, Jr. of Jenner and Block
Albert Ernest Jenner, Jr. (June 20, 1907–September 18, 1988) was an American lawyer and one of the name partners at the law firm of Jenner & Block. He served as assistant counsel to the Warren Commission; as a member of the U.S. National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence; and as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate Scandal.

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