A company with alleged mob ties has donated $1,000 to the reelection of Mayor Sandra Bury and her political allies, Alex Olejniczak, Terry Vorderer, and Tom Phelan.
The company is located in Chicago and on paper the company is owned by Josephine DiFronzo, the wife of Peter DiFronzo.
According to a story published by the Better Government Association, the FBI believes the company is run by alleged mobster Peter DiFronzo and his brother John DiFronzo, who according to Who’s Who in the Chicago Outfit, is the Mob Boss of Chicago.
According to Illinois State Board of Election filings, DiFronzo’s company recently gave $1,000 to a Political Action Committee controlled by Mayor Sandra Bury, Trustees Alex Olejniczak, Terry Vorderer and Tom Phelan. The donation was reported along with a $10,000 donation from Frank Mancari.
DiFronzo, like Mancari, is or was also an auto dealer at one time. Other published news reports also link Mancari’s brother, Bruno, to DiFronzo. Bruno Mancari was listed as a member of the Chicago outfit.
In addition, American News Post wrote a story about an IRS agent who moonlighted as a skip tracer. According to the American News Post story there was another connection between the parties:
According to additional sources, including Chicago Outfit boss Johnny DiFronzo, “Garrett Reidy’s brother Dennis conducted skip tracing work for Frank Mancari for many years helping Frank chase down deadbeats that don’t keep up with their car payments.
Bruno Mancari was charged with murder about 15 years ago but was acquitted. He was deported to Italy after being convicted of a federal gun charge. At the time, Chicago Magazine wrote a story stating:
Bruno was tried in connection with the killing of a boyhood friend who wound up in a car trunk before he could tell a grand jury what he knew about a chop shop operation in which he and Bruno were allegedly involved. Frank Mancari hired a Chicago Dream Team for his brother, led by Genson and including lawyers Sam Adam, R. Eugene Pincham, and Tom Breen. The prosecution’s case fell apart when one witness changed his story and another decided at the last minute to take the Fifth. Bruno was acquitted.
D&P Construction’s core business is the hauling and disposal of debris, specializing in eco-friendly recycling practices, according to its own website. The Oak Lawn Leaf could not find any contracts between Oak Lawn and companies owned by Peter or John DiFronzo. However, sometimes contracts are not with municipalities directly. Some firms and controversial individuals hide their involvement in municipal business through “subcontracts”. Several years ago, a Rosemont casino license was pulled by the State of Illinois. D&P has a history of that type of relationship elsewhere.
In letters from State regulators delivered to officials at Emerald Casino Inc, one of the reasons given for pulling the license was
…subcontracting work to D&P Construction,a Northwest Side firm with known mob connections, to do work at the casino site. D&P is owned by the wife of Peter M. DiFronzo, who in 1998 was forced out of the Teamsters Local 731 amid charges that he was chief lieutenant for his brother, Chicago mob boss John “No Nose” DiFronzo.
Hana Callaghan, director of the Government Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, spoke with the Oak Lawn Leaf about this donation and another $10,000 donation from Frank Mancari that was recently made to support Mayor Sandra Bury and her Trustee candidates, Alex Olejniczak, Terry Vorderer, and Tom Phelan.
Callaghan said that the disclosure of the contributions “alerts the voters to who or whom the politician may be beholden to”. Callaghan also said that politicians should avoid even the appearance of impropriety that comes with accepting such contributions.
Trustee Robert Streit said that voters should be wary of the donations. D&P Construction and JKS Ventures, another DiFronzo company, have made contributions to political leaders in towns such as Melrose Park, Stone Park, and Elmwood Park.