Chicago Mobsters by Michael G’Francisco
Michael G’Franciso has written a long overdue book on Chicago mobsters, beginning with our early mayors and the incorporation of Chicago as a city in 1833. Michael takes us through the Hull House era and the Irish mob that controlled the Hull House neighborhood which included Taylor Street’s Little Italy. Not even Jane Addams, eventual Nobel Prize winner, could unseat John Powell as Alderman. Michael takes us on a walk through the prohibition era that provided many immigrants the opportunity to participate in the American dream rather than remaining servants to that dream. The Irish, Italian and Jewish mobsters (and others) of the prohibition era are all given their proper billing along with their political cohorts. Naturally, Michael also covers the First Ward, the 42 gang and the alleged Chicago Outfit figures.