Police destroyed Mob files

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n Police change name of ‘Gang Unit’ to ‘Organized Crime Unit’

According to John Strandin, communications coordinator for the City of Rockford, police department officials “destroyed” intelligence files on area Mafia members “nearly 20 years ago.” The revelation was the result of a March 21 request The Rock River Times made for the records, after receiving Chicago Crime Commission files on Rockford Mob members.

Strandin did not know why the intelligence files were destroyed. However, the records appear to have been destroyed at about the same time the Rockford Register Star published the only known detailed account of Mafia activities in Rockford.

On March 4, 1984, the Register Star published a special report that featured an article by former Register Star reporter Tom Schafer titled “The Mob in Rockford.” The report lists names, businesses and addresses of known Mob members.

The Rock River Times requested files on Mob members named in the articles such as Salvatore Galluzzo, Joseph J. Maggio, Sebastian J. Gulotta and Frank J. Buscemi.

Galluzzo is believed to reside in Rockford. The remaining Mafia members died between 1980 and 1987.

Maggio was murdered April 9, 1980, by a single gunshot to the side of his head. His body was found in the backseat of a car on Safford Road. The killer has never been identified and charged.

Strandin said all intelligence files including Mob members were purged. Non-intelligence files concerning Maggio’s murder were not destroyed, according to Strandin.

Rockford is a well-known arm of the Chicago Mafia, which is called the “Outfit.” During an interview last October, former Outfit attorney and federal informant Robert Cooley said the Chicago Mob operated “openly” in Rockford up to the time he stopped undercover work for federal investigators in November 1989 (see Nov. 24, 2004, article “Chicago Mob worked openly here”).

Even though Rockford Police intelligence files on Mob activity may have been destroyed, Chicago Crime Commission files contain a wealth of information on Rockford. In William Daddano Jr.’s file is a Nov. 24, 1964, Chicago Tribune article, which reads Daddano and Anthony A. Cardmone were owners of Northern Illinois Music Co., which changed its name to Midwest Distributing Co. on July 27, 1964. The article indicates Midwest Distributing “lists three Rockford (Ill.) men as its officers.”

Daddano is listed as a member of the Northside crew on the Chicago Crime Commission’s 1997 Chicago Mafia organizational chart. In March 2004, Daddano’s business links to the Village of Rosemont were cited by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as one of the reasons Rosemont should not be awarded a gambling license.

By the time of publication, the identity of the three Rockford men that were officers for Midwest Distributing was not known. Also not known is if Daddano maintains business links to Rockford.

In what may be a related matter, Rockford Police Department officials have changed the name of the “Gang Unit” to “Organized Crime Unit.” Why the unit’s name was changed was not known at time of publication. Despite the name change, Dominic Iasparro, Rockford Police Department deputy chief, remains in charge of the unit.

From the April 6-12, 2005, issue

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