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Capone's Cornfields: The Mob in the Illinois Valley

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Residents of small towns in New England like to say "George Washington slept here," while citizens of the Illinois Valley like to say "Al Capone slept here." As you can see, things are different in the Land of Lincoln. Scarface might or might not have laid his head to rest in the Illinois Valley - a region 70 miles southwest of Chicago - but there is evidence that lesser ...more
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Published December 17th 2003 by Booksurge Publishing
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Sam Schulman
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'll see you Dakota Diaspora and raise you Capone's Cornfields. Not very good, and execrably written, but if you want to see the dark side of the Lebensbergers laid bare - and who doesn't - this is the only place to do so, outside of the files of the Chicago Tribune in 1932. The whole story of the dapper little German-Jewish Elgin, Illinois bootlegger who, thanks to the magic of goychasing, is now mischpoches with Jimmy Stewart.
Nancy
This was rather fascinating in a troubling way because it contained true stories about people who lived and did their nefarious deeds in small towns in Central Illinois with which I was very familiar. In fact, I lived and worked in Streator when I first got out of college, and I spent a lot of time in Ottawa, and had family in LaSalle/Peru. Dan Churney tells about people who were on the wrong side of the law in the Illinois Valley, mostly in LaSalle County, during the time of prohibition when ...more
Penny Magoonaugh
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting especially living in la Salle county!
Lenora Carey
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A must read for anyone from La Salle County or into Illinois history.
Brianne
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
It was very interesting and fun because it is local history. I can't wait to read his book about crime in the Illinois Valley. Good read for those from the area.
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