City of Loves Park attorney was business partner with alleged Mob soldier

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Paul S. Nicolosi, City of Loves Park attorney and owner of the law firm Nicolosi and Associates, P.C. refused an unrestricted interview concerning Loves Park’s garbage contract and his business associates. Nicolosi was business partners with alleged Mob soldier Salvatore “Sam” Galluzzo in the development firm Buckley Partners LLC.

Galluzzo was identified as an alleged Mob member in a March 4, 1984, article published by the Rockford Register Star.

During former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s term, owners of Buckley Partners—Nicolosi, Galluzzo and Galluzzo’s brother Natale Gallluzzo—were recipients of at least two state contracts. The contracts were detailed in the June 22-28, 2005, issue of The Rock River Times.

One of those contracts was between the Illinois Attorney General’s office and Buckley Partners, which leased office space for the attorney general’s regional headquarters at 7230 Argus Drive in Rockford.

In addition to being part owner of Buckley Partners and attorney for the City of Loves Park, Nicolosi is the attorney for the villages of Rockton and Caledonia. David Kurlinkus, an attorney at Nicolosi and Associates, is also the attorney for the Village of Roscoe.

The Nicolosis and Buckley Partners were frequent contributors to Republican campaigns, including those of Winnebago County Circuit Clerk Marc Gasparini, State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-34, Rockford), State Rep. Dave Winters (R-69, Shirland) and Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R). In recent Rockford mayoral races, they also contributed to the Dennis Johnson (R), Larry Morrissey (I) and Doug Scott (D) campaigns.

Galluzzo was business partners with alleged Mob hit-man Frank G. Saladino in Worldwide General Contracting Inc. However, the City of Rockford never issued any building permits to Worldwide General Contracting since it was founded in 1988.

According to the Kane County coroner, Saladino was found dead of “natural causes” in a rural Kane County hotel room April 25—the same day he was indicted on federal charges of murder and other undisclosed “criminal”allegations.

From the Dec. 14-20, 2005, issue

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