by Sherman H. Skolnick

Corrupt top IRS and Illinois State Revenue and other officials, are reportedly incriminated in a sizeable dope bust in a Chicago suburb. The narcotics arrests, attempted to be downplayed by politically worried state and federal drug agents, occurred in the first business day of the new century. That came in the wake of our exclusive related stories aired on our weekly public access Cable TV Show, cablecast within Chicago on November 29, 1999.

On that one hour program, we had the picture of an ocean-going boat, renamed “California Rose”, owned and operated by current and former IRS officials of the Chicago Region Office and State Revenue collectors. Plying the Caribbean and with trips to Mexico, England, Portugal, Spain, and elsewhere in Europe, the boat is reportedly used for on-board and off-shore laundering, disguised as gambling monies and such, of massive funds from dope trafficking, gun running, and major underworld and tax-cheating enterprises. The boat is reportedly linked to an accounting operation near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, apparently specializing in all-cash so-called “bookkeeping”, run by former IRS officials.

As shown in undisputed court records, some of the same revenue officials are also reportedly silent partners in a Chicago suburban shopping center, Cermak Plaza, in which money laundering from illicit enterprises is likewise conducted. The shopping mall is reportedly linked to the nearby First National Bank of CICERO, in the mafia enclave long known as Al Capone Land. According to federal judicial financial disclosure records, the shopping center is owned by Chicago U.S. District Judge George M. Marovich [(312)435-5590]. The revenue officials and that Judge reportedly use their official position to protect and condone the money laundering and criminality.

Reluctantly describing the early morning drug bust, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials said they snatched a cache of more than 835 pounds of marijuana with a wholesale value of $835,000. The drug operation was through one or more apartments in Kingspoint Condominiums, located in Chicago’s western suburb of Addison. [Footnote One]. Reporters accidentally found out about the arrests and questioned the drug officials as to why they sought to avoid press coverage on the sizeable drug raid. No real answers were given. The reporters omitted this from their routine press reports. Also omitted, was why FEDERAL officials brought the suspects to a STATE court and prison facility.

A few weeks prior to the arrests, we sent by Registered Mail, six heavy volumes of documents relating to the misdeeds of top state and federal tax collectors, including those in the Chicago Region IRS Office as well as state officials in the Illinois capitol; the documents were received by the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C. [Footnote two.]

The drug arrests are just a small recent part of a highly complex series of events revolving around four large apartment buildings, the selfsame Kingspoint Condominiums, in Addison, Illinois. Started about 1980, the buildings were built on land owned by Chicago-based Apollo Savings & Loan Association, owned by known mobsters jointly with corrupt top officials of the IRS and the Illinois Department of Revenue. Now defunct, the S & L was a money washing apparatus for criminal enterprises and major tax-cheaters. The downfall of Apollo was whitewashed by some of Chicago’s too numerous bank-owning crooked judges.

As shown by undisputed court documents, the sole owner of the buildings was Joseph Andreuccetti, a caulking contractor. Andreuccetti has been swindled out of more than 50 million dollars by a series of banks. To make good his pending claims, a federal regulatory agency parked 58.4 million dollars in 1983, with Household International and Household Bank, the principal owner of which is the Vatican. General Counsel of Household was William Colby, former Director of the American CIA. At a key point in the Andreuccetti Affair, in 1996, Colby was murdered by a foreign intelligence team and disguised as a “boating accident”. Previously, Colby had likewise been General Counsel of Nugan Hand Bank, like Household, a CIA proprietary operation. Amid scandals and murders, Nugan Hand Bank disappeared in 1980. [As to Colby and Nugan Hand Bank, and the CIA, see the book “The Crimes of Patriots” by Jonathan Kwitny.]

In 1988, 50 million dollars of the federal funds escrowed with Household, disappeared and could not be located despite searching by more than 32 U.S. Government bookkeepers. The funds were secretly transferred by John E. Gierum, a supervisor of the funds and crony of the Hillary Rodham family. Gierum and Hillary resided in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Gierum went to law school with Hillary’s brother. In a confession made to me as a reporter, in the presence of his former client, Joseph Andreuccetti, Gierum complained that Bill and Hillary Clinton were seeking to frame and jail him for the mysterious 50 million dollar disappearance. When confronted in court, Gierum did not dispute the details of the confession.

The 50 million dollars showed up in Little Rock, Arkansas, in an attempt to cover up the 47 million dollar embezzlement of Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, for which Bill and Hillary Clinton are subject to federal criminal prosecution.

Congressman Dan Burton [R., Ind.] commented on how Clinton sent the mysterious 50 million dollars out of the U.S. to a known dope money laundry in the Caribbean. [Congressional Record, 5/29/96, pages H-5627-28.] The 3 million dollar difference, between the 50 million dollars secretly transferred, and the 47 million for the embezzlement cover up, is known in mob jargon, as “street tax”. The three million dollars quickly showed up in the hands of reputed “fixer” from Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, who moved to Arkansas to raise “campaign funds” for Clinton’s presidential campaign, by apparent extortions and shake-downs. Describing Rahm Emanuel as a “fixer”, the Chicago Tribune commented on how the 3 million dollars which apparently just showed up, was used to jump-start Clinton’s campaign and put him in first position. [Chicago Tribune Magazine, Sunday, 11/23/97, page 34.] Clinton rewarded Rahm Emanuel by making him for six years, on and off, White House Senior Advisor.

Undisputed court records show the theft of the Kingspoint Condominiums buildings, to victimize Joseph Andreuccetti, was started by bank disbursements falsely showing payment to Andreuccetti who never received such payments. In fact, the funds were taken by Christian Henning, Jr., godson and nephew of Bishop Paul Marcinkus, up to 1991 head of the Vatican Bank and originally from Cicero, the gangster stronghold. Henning falsely labeled himself as Andreuccetti’s “partner”. With the aid of Marcinkus-dominated First National Bank of Cicero, Henning and other persons were permitted by First National Bank of Cicero jointly with corrupt IRS officials and reportedly under the supevision of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm, to misappropriate the funds for Henning and his cronies own purposes.

According to Italian authorities, First National Bank of Cicero, Marcinkus, the Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain, and a CIA-agent and corrupt paymaster living in Italy, were implicated in a vast operation with the mafia, the Vatican Bank, and the American CIA. They were all accused of smuggling clandestine gold, osmium nuclear bomb triggers, and high quality counterfeit foreign currencies. In Italy, it is known as the Roger D’Onofrio Affair, named after the CIA agent living near Naples.

It was always puzzling why and how First National Bank of Cicero pushed Joseph Andreuccetti and his wife into INVOLUNTARY bankruptcy and kept them there for almost 14 years, one of the longest pending cases of its kind. The case all the while was heard by Chicago Chief Bankruptcy Judge John D. Schwartz, a former official of First National Bank of Cicero and through nominees, a concealed stockholder of that Bank. [Sept.1984 to December 17, 1997 was the pendency of the cases.]

In 1990, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Auctioneer, Wallace Lieberman, instead of auctioning off the buildings, bought the buildings himself jointly with a known mobster who had long been granted immunity by the corrupt IRS in Chicago, Robert Bellavia. Shortly after Vatican Bank Chief Marcinkus returned to Chicago in 1991, Lieberman was murdered, gangland-style, near the Marcinkus-dominated First National Bank of Cicero. Bellavia was suddenly and quickly prosecuted and sent to prison, the hurry-up work of an IRS team ordered to do so by their superiors. [Our TV Show were the only ones to air a one-hour documentary on the murder of Lieberman.] At about that time, as Lieberman was dumped into the cemetery and Bellavia parked in jail, top IRS officials and State Revenue officials stole the Kingspoint Condominium buildings for themselves personally, not for the public Treasury. To cover up this top-level corruption, computer records as well as back-up records were “glitched out”, so that land titles and such disappeared or were concealed. A matter of undisputed court record are the related and pertinent admissions and confessions of an IRS official, as to this, speaking for the Acting Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division of IRS, 9/20/94, interviewed for 90 minutes by myself in the presence of Joseph Andreuccetti.

>From the beginning of the events to misappropriate the Kingspoint Condominiums, by corrupt revenue officials, narcotics agents have known the buildings and adjoining parking lots were “immune” locations for the safe distribution of dope and transfer of large sums of dope cash. Both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Chicago, and their predecessors, as well as the Chicago FBI, have granted absolute immunity to the reported drug traffic centered in or near the buildings. The state and federal authorities knew, as well, that some of the dope traffic was part of the massive Japanese mafia, the Yakuza. For example, authors of the book, “Yakuza”, Dubro and Kaplan, contended in a radio broadcast that the Japanese underworld owns 50 per cent of the high-rise buildings built in downtown Chicago during the heyday of the 1980s.

Living near the Kingspoint Condominiums has been Congressman Henry Hyde [R.,Ill.], implicated himself with corrupt top revenue officials. Hyde, head of the House Judiciary Committee that limited impeachment of Clinton to sexual matters, reportedly owns a strip joint in an unincorporated area adjoining Chicago. Hyde’s reputed establishment uses strippers from Russia and other foreign countries, and violates regulations of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, INS. Hyde’s reputed strip club, featuring total or near total nudity, reportedly keeps no records or reports for the state or federal revenue, as required by law.

A federal agency brought a damage suit in Chicago Federal District Court against Henry Hyde and other former directors of the west suburban Clyde Savings and Loan Association, contending these S & L officials by their wrongful acts, caused the federally-insured institution to go under. Among other things, Hyde was accused of causing 67 million dollars of the thrift’s funds to mysteriously be transferred to Arkansas where it disappeared. Congressman Hyde, head of the House Judiciary Committee with power to remove corrupt federal judges, arrogantly said he is not going to pay a dime to the federal government despite their documented claims against him. The case was decided, naturally, by U.S. District Judge George M. Marovich, subject to blackmail because of his ownership of a mobster shoppping center jointly with corrupt revenue officials, as earlier stated. Operating under a malign if not corrupt influence, Judge Marovich heavily punished the OTHER former S & L directors, but turned loose Hyde without paying a dime.

According to reported media records as well as law enforcement files, the following occurred in 1988. An undercover news team, accompanied by anchor face Carol Marin, of NBC’s Chicago outlet, WMAQ-TV, Channel 5, put themselves in a position to videotape the delivery of a suitcase full of cash from the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza. Married into the Utley family that owns the license of Channel 5, Carol Marin has long been a “faucet” for elements of the Organized Crime Strike Force of the U.S. Justice Department. From them, she received a tip of the fund transfer, to be done with the reported assistance of members of the purported church group headed by Rev.Sun Myung Moon who on behalf of the Korean CIA owns the Washington Times. The “church” has been accused by some in law enforcement of being a device to use huge sums in the U.S. from funds from Asia and South America, suspected proceeds of dope trafficking, gun smuggling, defense contract kick-backs, and other illicit activities.

According to the Justice Department leak, the huge cash was reportedly to be picked up by as yet then unknown representative of the Illinois Republican Party, to be used or disguised as alleged “campaign funds” concealing their illegal foreign origin. The clandestine video crew and Carol Marin were accompanied or “shadowed” by Chicago-based agents of British counter-intelligence, MI-6, because the funds had been conveyed by and through Hong Kong, then still a British colony.

These undercover operators were flabbergasted when Congressman Henry Hyde showed up himself, and accepted and took charge of the suitcase full of cash. They should not have been surprised, however, since Henry Hyde wears two hats: [1] as Congressman and [2] in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s mandate of Separation of Powers, Hyde is also the head of CIA’s “black budget”, huge covert operations funds for political assassinations and other dirty tricks.

Carol Marin reportedly told her crew later that Channel 5 News Director told her that the TV station intended to run the videotape incriminating Henry Hyde. NBC management in New York, however, forbade the airing of the clandestine videotape. NBC already had their own problem, she apparently was told, since a Chicago-based activist, using a recorded phone message, already had implicated an NBC Vice President himself in the dope traffic. [Referring to a recorded phone message by me as head of our group. The NBC criminality was hushed up when the NBC dope traffic matter was blamed onto a low-level black technician as a scapegoat who was hustled off to jail.]

NBC and their Channel 5 TV in Chicago still have the videotape. [AND SO DO CERTAIN OTHER FOLKS.] The videotape shows Congressman Henry Hyde apparently picking up and taking transfer of the Japanese mafia suitcase stuffed with cash, apparently in one of the parking lots of Kingspoint Condominiums, that is, in a zone with absolute “immunity” by the DEA, the FBI, and other state and federal agencies, including the IRS and State revenue, whose officials stole the buildings.

Media records and law enforcement files reportedly go on to state that the reliable informants of the Justice Department and the DEA contend the foreign funds were transferred to be used as so-called “campaign contributions” by the Republican Party.

The INVOLUNTARY bankruptcy and all that happened was just a smokescreen for corrupt public officials to steal the buildings and use the area as a form of Switzerland, a neutral zone for dirty business, such as the dope traffic.In statements in court records, Joseph Andreuccetti attributes the hell he has been put through for twenty years, as his “failure to become a member of the traditional Italian and Sicilian mafia” as required by the correct politics in America.

Top honchos of the monopoly press are in a position to know what the dope bust was all about but most likely will remain silent.

Footnote One: A routine story about the dope bust in Addison is in a paper in a Chicago suburb, called the Daily Herald, 1/4/2000. Footnote Two: The six volumes of records were sent to the Inspector General via U.S. Postal Service, Registered Mail, Return Receipt Requested, #R-260786095, #R-531185415. And to confront Chicago Region IRS Director Robert E. Brazzil, #R-260786066. And to confront Kenneth Zehnder, implicated in the crimes as Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue, and named as a defendant in a civil damage suit as to his corruption, #R-212421176.

Since 1958, Mr.Skolnick has been a court reformer. Since 1963, founder/chairman, Citizen’s Committee to Clean Up the Courts, disclosing certain instances of judicial and other bribery and political murders. Since 1991 a regular panelist, and since 1995, moderator/producer, of one-hour,weekly public access Cable TV Show, “Broadsides”, Cablecast on Channel 21, 9 p.m. each Monday in Chicago. For a heavy packet of printed stories, send $5.00 [U.S. funds] and a stamped, self-addressed business sized envelope [4-1/4 x 9-1/2 #10 size] WITH THREE STAMPS ON IT, to Citizen’s Committee to Clean Up the Courts, Sherman H. Skolnick, Chairman, 9800 South Oglesby Ave., Chicago IL 60617-4870. Office, 7 days, 8 a.m. to midnight, (773) 375-5741 [PLEASE, no “just routine calls]. Before sending FAX, call.



by Sherman H. Skolnick

Here are more details of those incriminated by the dope bust in a narcotics “immunity” zone known as Kinsgspoint Condominiums, four large apartment buildings and surrounding area, in a suburb west of Chicago. As we told you in Part One of this story, corrupt top IRS officials took over the buildings, NOT for the public Treasury, but for themselves personally. The property was thus stolen from the original owner, Joseph Andreuccetti. More of those implicated in the dope trafficking:

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR GEORGE H. RYAN,dope laundry criminal and bribe-taker and bribe-giver: Elected Illinois Governor in 1998 amid a growing scandal that previously, as Illinois Secretary of State, he received massive bribery funds from various of his managers, supervisors, and examiners of his Vehicle and Drivers License Bureaus all over Illinois. By extortion and shake-down and other such arrangements, they received or procured bribes to issue drivers licenses to truckers and others NOT eligible to have such licenses. Several have already pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges, although they contended THEY DID NOT KEEP THE BRIBES THEMSELVES but forwarded the bribes as they believe the system required, to Ryan for his political campaign funds.

As their former boss, Ryan contends he does not know any of these key people running his state-wide facilities when he was the State official heading the whole operation. He does not recall, he says, getting the bribery proceeds but to make some amends is willing to donate 130 thousand dollars to charity to show his supposed good faith.

Ryan was elected State Governor in 1998 in an extremely close race by reportedly bribing the State Board of Elections to push a third party candidate off the ballot. With only four per cent expected difference between Ryan as GOP candidate and his Democrat Party challenger, the third party candidate would have made it impossible for Ryan to win. A judge upholding the removal from the ballot of the third party candidate, also reportedly was bribed. All told, upwards of one million dollars [reportedly from the license bribery funds] in pay-offs reportedly was split between the Elections Board, the judge, and corrupt State and Federal Revenue bosses who blackmailed their way into the deal. An elite IRS team, however, has recommended to the Justice Department, the federal criminal prosecution of Ryan. Ryan has an unholy alliance with the Clinton White House, despite that they are supposedly of different political parties. [See our story, “Centers of Corruption, Intrigue, and How to Get Elected”, visit our website:]

In a one hour Cable TV Show I did just prior to the 1998 election, I pointed out that George H. Ryan reportedly works business deals with and for the narcotics gangsters from the Caribbean, such as Jamaica. Just after the election, Ryan as Governor-Elect went, naturally, to Jamaica. Part One of this story deals with an ocean-going boat, owned by former and current IRS and State revenue top officials,used reportedly as a criminal laundry for dope proceeds and such, the Caribbean, Mexico, and places in Europe. A purported floating international gambling casino, it apparently interfaces with a highly questionable riverboat casino, in Joliet, just south of Chicago, Empress Casino, under the thumb of Ryan, as governor, appointing his cronies as members of the Illinois Gaming Commission.

Law enforcement personnel contend that Empress somehow washes major dope funds late at night. Used as couriers, we have been told, reportedly have been airline employees often traveling out of the country. Luggage of airline personnel are generally not searched by U.S. Customs agents and officials. From time to time some of these couriers seem to stay at a mob-owned motel in a Northwest suburb of Chicago. The limousine service, naturally, that transports them from the airport to the motel and elsewhere likewise is owned by criminals.

As the dope traffic link to the “immunity” zone, to gambling operations, and to the boat, almost unraveled a few days after the dope bust, the Chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, suddenly sent his resignation to Governor Ryan. The monopoly press said it was just a flap caused by the Board chairman, Robert Vickrey, somehow mishandling the supposed “new owner” of the Empress Casino. The whitewash was set in motion when Ryan appointed a former federal prosecutor as the new gambling czar.

Ryan’s major financial support and arrangements is from the Berwyn-Cicero mafia enclave, Al Capone Land, adjoining Chicago. It is the location, as we told you, of First National Bank of CICERO, long-dominated by former Vatican Bank Chief, Bishop Paul Marcinkus, originally from Cicero. And Marcinkus is wanted in Italy for various crimes jointly with the American CIA and the traditional Italian and Sicilian mafia, dope smuggling and a lot more.

Governor Ryan tried to divert attention from his crimes by worldwide publicity of his trip to Cuba. Ryan has a great involvement with the dope traffic through the boat, Jamaica, and a few other places. The IRS bosses know that but have for the moment given Ryan a pass to save themselves and their dope traffic complicity.

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL JAMES E. RYAN, long-time faker, mob-protector, and dope traffic accomplice: No relative of the other Ryan, this Ryan was at one time chief prosecutor in Du Page County, adjoining Cook County location of Chicago. And, Chicago’s “old West Side mob” has moved to Du Page County. One of their national chieftains reportedly has been Aldo Botti, former officer of Military Intelligence, originally from Brooklyn, and reportedly with some of his law partners part of the Gambino Crime Family. With his Law Office in Oak Brook, Du Page County, Botti was at one time Chairman of the Du Page County Board. Knowledgeable sources contend the mobsters current stronghold center is Oak Brook. [Frank Sinatra jointly with his mob buddies were the major owners of Oak Brook Development Company, developers of the area.]

In 1995, Botti stopped our on-location TV production about Oak Brook, the mob, and him as the reputed head of the mob, by getting me falsely arrested for “trespass”, although I and the TV crew were not on his law office property. His gangster-police came with attack dogs, stole my crutches, and demanded I get in their police car minus my crutches[which is not physically possible]. I was handled as rough as if I were caught robbing a major bank. Botti was bothered by us using the big sign with his name on it in front of his law office building, as a backdrop for our TV shots.

To protect the Kingspoint dope “immunity” zone, Aldo Botti’s crony, Jim Ryan, has been committing various crimes to stop or interfere with our TV Shows about their criminality. In 1996, Ryan told us point blank he was going to “get” us for the TV Shows I and my TV Show associate volunteer, Joseph Andreuccetti were producing about Ryan’s criminality. In 1997, Ryan instigated a four-person, heavily-armed, Gestapo-like team to force their way at gunpoint into Andreuccetti’s residence which happens to be not far from where Ryan lives. Ryan’s team threatened to shoot Andreuccetti’s wife, who helps with our TV productions and studio work, and committed an assault and battery on her. Jim Ryan’s Gestapo, tied to the crooked Illinois Director of Revenue, Kenneth Zehnder, WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT, searched out our confidential records and tapes and documents about THEIR CRIMES intended by us to be used for upcoming shows; the records and such then kept at Andreuccetti’s residence. They plundered, grabbed, and stole such items. [Three civil damage suits by us are pending, some naming James E. Ryan as defendant along with Zehnder.]

To try to stop our work, Ryan as State Attorney General brought false charges against Joseph Andreuccetti and his wife, claiming that in a tiny business run by them, that they supposedly mishandled two thousand dollars in state withholding taxes which, in fact, were to have been paid by a Bankruptcy Trustee. The matter was instigated, as well,by Kenneth Zehnder, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue, Illinois’ highest and most crooked revenue official. As pointed out in undisputed court records, Zehnder is IN with the gambling casino rackets through reputed mobster William F. Cellini, owner of numerous gambling casinos. Likewise contended in court and not disputed, is that Zehnder’s crony Cellini gets a corrupt, under-the-table rake-off from many gambling enterprises.

We did a taped, one hour Cable TV Show about how these local criminals are tied to the Clinton White House, entitled “Corruption: Chicago to the White House”. To benefit Clinton and other fellow criminals, Jim Ryan had the master tape of our TV Production seized WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT, and in violation of State law prohibiting seizure of print and broadcast media items except after a special hearing. [No search warrant, no hearing.] (Do NOT waste our time telling us that as electronic journalists, we have First Amendment Constitutional rights. At the hands of such criminals, our rights are cancelled and worthless. And don’t bother telling us these criminals are of different political parties. It is immaterial.)

One reason gangster-officials in Illinois persistently attack us, is that they have not forgotten that our work in the 1970s, sent to prison for bribery the then former Illinois Director of Revenue and his sidekick, a former Governor, at the time of jailing being a federal appeals judge, Otto Kerner, Jr. Kerner went on all the monopoly media and called us “liars”. Note: he died an ex-convict just as I had accused him to his face. When Jim Ryan ran for State Attorney General in 1998, he sought public sympathy for a mysterious “ailment” he supposedly had. At times, he was mostly at home using a walker or wheelchair. In 1998 was pending a rare and notorious case called the “Du Page 7”, with international press coverage. Several assistant Du Page prosecutors were charged with a conspiracy to frame up and send to prison for murder a person. Because of his “ailment”, their former boss, Jim Ryan, who had been formerly Du Page chief prosecutor, was NOT himself criminally prosecuted as were his former underlings.

These former assistant prosecutors were apparently blackmailing whoever they could with our undisputed public court records about Jim Ryan, the crooked judges in Du Page, and others. So the charges against the “Du Page 7” were narrowed down. Result: they were turned loose.

During his 1998 re-election campaign as State Attorney General, Jim Ryan’s sole challenger, a Chicago city official, Miriam Santos, a long-time outspoken reformer against corruption, was framed up on extortion charges and was on the way to being federal criminally prosecuted. So Jim Ryan was re-elected, unopposed. After the strange re-election, Jim Ryan mysteriously “recovered” as if nothing were ever wrong with him.

If you know a lot about the history of major criminals, all this is just standard procedures. Although asked to take action by another State official, Attorney General Ryan refused to punish or prosecute his crony, reputed gambling casino mobster William F. Cellini. Cellini was accused of cheating the State out of 18 million dollars in a crooked hotel deal underwritten with State funding. Ryan was asked to take action by Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, installed in her office with the aid of Bishop Paul Marcinkus, once head of the Vatican Bank and the corrupt influence of his First National Bank of Cicero. Previously, she was Illinois State Senator, her district being, naturally, Berwyn-Cicero, the mafia enclave. In 1994, when running the first time for Illinois Treasurer, Topinka was on our TV Show lavishingly praising the “wonderful” First National Bank of Cicero and Bishop Paul Marcinkus. In some capacity or another, she apparently did public relations work for that Bank, although she denied her title was “publicist”, a splitting of hairs. So Topinka demanding that Jim Ryan take action against his crony Cellini may have all been shadow boxing.

As to Jim Ryan and George H. Ryan’s crony Congressman Henry Hyde, the master criminal, see Part One of this story. Hyde at one time was the strategist and protector of the dope and gambling center known as Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

BOTTOM LINE: Corrupt top Illinois public officials including the Illinois Director of Revenue and corrupt top brass in the IRS are tied, through riverboat gambling casinos, and through their ocean-going money laundry boat, owned and operated by them or for them, to major dope trafficking. All this linked to Mexican drug bankers. As to top-level U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials jointly with the American CIA and Mexican drug bankers being themselves in the dope traffic, see the book “The Underground Empire” by John Mills. More details coming. Stay tuned.

Since 1958, Mr.Skolnick has been a court reformer. Since 1963, founder/chairman, Citizen’s Committee to Clean Up the Courts, disclosing certain instances of judicial and other bribery and political murders. Since 1991 a regular panelist, and since 1995, moderator/producer, of one-hour,weekly public access Cable TV Show, “Broadsides”, Cablecast on Channel 21, 9 p.m. each Monday in Chicago. For a heavy packet of printed stories, send $5.00 [U.S. funds] and a stamped, self-addressed business sized envelope [4-1/4 x 9-1/2 #10 size] WITH THREE STAMPS ON IT, to Citizen’s Committee to Clean Up the Courts, Sherman H. Skolnick, Chairman, 9800 South Oglesby Ave., Chicago IL 60617-4870. Office, 7 days, 8 a.m. to midnight, (773) 375-5741 [PLEASE, no “just routine calls]. Before sending FAX, call.



by Sherman H. Skolnick

As we told you in the two earlier parts to this story, a dope bust in the first day of the new century tends to expose top corrupt officials, including the following:

[1] Top corrupt officials of the IRS, Chicago Region Office, who stole, for their own personal benefit, and not for the public Treasury, Kingspoint Condominiums, a group of four large buildings in a west suburb of Chicago. Over a period of some 20 years when as this occurred, the buildings as well as surrounding area were part of a reputed dope trafficking “immunity” zone. Up to recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration authorities looked the other way. That “immunity” may be expiring as a result of us sending in November, 1999, six heavy volumes of related corruption documents to the Office of Inspector General, Department of the U.S. Treasury, Washington,D.C. Sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, just prior to the dope bust we described.

[2] Among those reportedly implicated in matters which may tend to incriminate them, have been top corrupt officials of the IRS, Chicago Region Office. Who well knows about all this but has been looking the other way? The Director of IRS, Chicago Region Office, Robert E. Brazzil who likewise, as we stated, received the heavy group of documents.

[3] The Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue, Kenneth Zehnder, top tax collector official in Illinois, is a defendant in a civil suit as to his corrupt acts and doings, to try to stop our TV Productions by violence against us, acts of his Gestapo at gunpoint,all related to the corruption. He likewise was confronted with the heavy group of documents outlining the corruption over the last two decades, which he reportedly joined and became a part of and implicated

. [4] Congressman Henry Hyde [R., Ill.] who reportedly, as we earlier stated, picked up a suitcase of cash near said buildings and the happening was reportedly videotaped by an undercover team of local TV reporters whose news director suppressed the matter. We described the same in Part One of this story. The suitcase reportedly was from the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza, big in the dope traffic in the U.S., although the monopoly press seldom mention it. Hyde’s reported involvement with a corrupt Federal District Judge, outlined in Part One, who is an owner of a west suburban shopping center reportedly a criminal money laundry in which top IRS and State revenue officials are silent partners protecting the Mob.

[5]This all revolves around, as we told you, reportedly in the riverboat casino gambling realm, apparently laundering dope proceeds, at least some in law enforcement believe the Empress Casino is reportedly implicated. It is located in Joliet, such south of Chicago.

[6] A key operation point reportedly is an ocean-going ship, renamed “California Rose”, reportedly owned and operated by current, recently current, and former key IRS officials from Chicago. This, jointly with Henry Hyde, Illinois Governor George H. Ryan [whose Caribbean and other activities we told you about]together with what we assert is a highly corrupt Illinois Attorney General, James E. Ryan [no relative of the other Ryan].

[7] Others ostensibly implicated in these nefarious activities have been the former Vatican Bank Chief Bishop Paul Marcinkus. According to the Italian authorities, he is reportedly sheltering in the U.S. with his Vatican passport, from being returned to Italy to be questioned and perhaps prosecuted on charges of he and others being involved with the Vatican Bank, the American CIA, and members of the traditional Italian and Sicilian mafia, in reported dope smuggling, gun running, clandestine sales of osmium nuclear bomb triggers, and counterfeit currency trafficking. Also reportedly implicated in this, according to Italian authorities, is the bank in the mafia enclave next to Chicago,Al Capone Land, Cicero, namely, the First National Bank of Cicero, long dominated by Marcinkus who ran a Church in Cicero.

Marcinkus is closely linked to Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka. He and his cronies reportedly helped her get elected such in 1994 and re-elected in 1998. In some capacity or another, Topinka did a form of public relations for the Bank. On our TV Show in 1994, Topinka lavishly praised Marcinkus and the Bank as being just “wonderful”. Previously, she was Illinois State Senator, quite naturally, from the District of Berwyn-Cicero, were else?

“California Rose”, as shown in documents to the Inspector General, is an ocean-going vessel,re-fitted as a floating gambling casino. It is owned and operated reportedly, as stated, in the Caribbean, offshore Mexico, England, Portugal, Spain, and elsewhere. It is a reputed floating criminal money laundry stopping at various “brass plate” bank havens in the Caribbean.[“Brass plate” banks are those with no real address, secret ownership, identified only by brass plates up on an out-of-the way location]. It reportedly is a shipboard and off-shore floating criminal money laundry for illicit funds from Chicago and elsewhere.

Many of these matters have been brought to the attention of the Inspector General who may have initiated the Kingspoint dope bust, to divert attention by blaming a large dope shipment on virtual nobodies. Press coverage was evaded by the drug agents. We have little confidence in the top U.S. Treasury officials. Why? Well, one reason is that law enforcement authorities have identified to us that the Acting Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury was Robert Cesca, described by them as reportedly “the highest ranking mafia representative in the U.S. Government.”

I have never in my 42 year career as anti-corruption crusader made idle statements. The numerous judges and others who were sent to jail by our work, attest to the care with which we accuse anyone. We have good reason to believe all these matters in these stories are true and correct as stated. Many of the details came up in more than 12 lawsuits involving, implicating among others, First National Bank of Cicero, Marcinkus, Topinka, Zehnder, James E. Ryan, various IRS officials and others. I have been accused of being a little too loud and direct in court in accusing corrupt public officials, including judges, to their face of massive corruption. At no time have any of these persons disputed the truth and validity of my charges in court. Hence, I have no reason to believe any of these matters are false or erroneous. On the contrary, the thousands of pages of court records show these matters have not been challenged or disputed by those so accused.

The fact that what I consider these public officials to be as criminals, and they are not prosecuted and sent away to prison, is no fault of mine or my associates. It is simply a tragic commentary showing the American legal system with high-level officials granted immunity, is shot through with unremedied, blatant corruption. It is a cop-out to say these public officials are to be considered innocent unless prosecuted and jailed. The prosecution authorities are corrupt. The Office of Inspector General of the Treasury, in the past, has been apparently corrupted and bought by the mafia, at least knowledgeable law enforcement personnel believe that to be so. Many of the officials here named have not disputed our assertions in court of their corrupt acts and deeds.

I intend separately to post, if possible, two pictures of the boat “California Rose”, scenes used on our TV Show of November 29, 1999, and part of the documents sent to the Inspector General, Zehnder, Brazzil, and others. [I am new to using a scanner with my computer and there may be a delay in posting the pictures on Internet.]

Since 1958, Mr.Skolnick has been a court reformer. Since 1963, founder/chairman, Citizen’s Committee to Clean Up the Courts, disclosing certain instances of judicial and other bribery and political murders. Since 1991 a regular panelist, and since 1995, moderator/producer, of one-hour,weekly public access Cable TV Show, “Broadsides”, Cablecast on Channel 21, 9 p.m. each Monday in Chicago. For a heavy packet of printed stories, send $5.00 [U.S. funds] and a stamped, self-addressed business sized envelope [4-1/4 x 9-1/2 #10 size] WITH THREE STAMPS ON IT, to Citizen’s Committee to Clean Up the Courts, Sherman H. Skolnick, Chairman, 9800 South Oglesby Ave., Chicago IL 60617-4870. Office, 7 days, 8 a.m. to midnight, (773) 375-5741 [PLEASE, no “just routine calls]. Before sending FAX, call.

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