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Questions Regarding Mob Bookie On State Payroll

By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 16, 2010 10:00PM

Lots of ass-covering going on right now at the Illinois Department of Transportation regarding the employment of one Ralph Peluso. Peluso, aka "Curly" was hired two years ago by IDOT, despite being an alleged bookie for the mob and having his name brought up in the "Family Secrets" trial. Peluso, who is a former associate of Frank Calabrese, Sr., was named in more than two dozen pieces of evidence during that trial and was scheduled to testify against Calabrese, but changed his mind.

Peluso checked off on his IDOT employment application that he was never convicted of a crime. IDOT apparently never followed up with a background check. We'll let Fox Chicago's Dane Placko handle the rest.