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Radio Silence in Melrose Park, Despite Some Promising Reforms

Hey, where'd you get that uniform?

Melrose Park remains a curious place.

Historically it was a town with strong organized crime influences. While the current leaders of Melrose Park may not like that image, they don’t do a lot to correct it either, considering Mayor Ron Serpico continues to take campaign contributions from a waste-hauling company that the FBI has long contended is run by two high-ranking mob figures.

But we digress.

The mob aside, run-of-the-mill public corruption hasn’t disappeared from the western suburb, as evidenced by a scandal a few years back that sent the now-former police chief, Vito Scavo, to federal prison.

His crimes?

The Chicago Sun-Times puts it quite succinctly: Continue reading

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